Published 6 September 2007The Auckland Regional Growth Forum voted to endorse the Auckland sustainability framework yesterday, but not without a fight led by Manukau mayor Sir Barry Curtis over the presence of one word in the document: compact.
Sir Barry, supported by the mayors from the region’s periphery – John Law from Rodney & Mark Ball from Franklin – voted to drop the word compact from the framework’s reference to “compact urban form” and change the reference to settlement pattern to “quality settlement pattern”.
They argued that their districts had different needs from the more intensively developed centre of the region, and that the presence of the word compact in the document militated against moving the metropolitan urban limit.
However, Auckland Regional Council & forum chairman Mike Lee argued: “Compact urban form is a keystone of the growth strategy approach, the growth principle, and the principle itself is now embedded in statute. And to go back on that principle would be to unravel the work undertaken since 1999 (when the region’s 7 mayors & regional council chairman signed the strategy).”
Mr Lee & other forum members argued that aiming for a compact urban form didn’t preclude expansion of the MUL or urban development within Manukau, Franklin & Rodney.
The issue went to a vote and the request to remove the word compact was lost 3-7.
The forum went on to endorse the framework and also to change the forum’s name to the Regional Sustainable Development Forum.
Attribution: Forum meeting & agenda, story written by Bob Dey for this website.