Media Release from Richard Northey

Date: 3 July 2013

Subject: Unitary Plan

Auckland Councillor Richard Northey has successfully argued for substantial improvements to the Auckland Council Unitary Plan for the people of Maungakiekie Tamaki.

“The people of Panmure and Onehunga told me that allowing for eight storey apartments in character town centres was too high. I am pleased to have successfully argued to reduce the maximum heights allowed near medium sized town centres, including Onehunga and Panmure to six storeys” Northey said.

“During the public meetings and consultation the public told me that they wanted to  protect the visual amenity in areas like Royal Oak, Onehunga, Panmure and Mt Wellington. I am pleased to say that I have also successfully argued for the protection of volcanic viewshafts.”

“The Unitary plan is a very important document; it’s a blueprint for the future of Auckland. We need to provide more affordable housing in Maungakiekie-Tamaki suburbs and we need to protect existing character and visual amenity”

“My experience and track record as a Councillor and as a trusted advisor to Mayor Len Brown has meant that I can deliver for the people of Maungakiekie Tamaki.”

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