Auckland Council proposed today combining its housing project office and the city transformation unit.
Council chief operating officer Dean Kimpton said this would ensure a continued & effective response to Auckland’s growth. He said the proposed development programme office would bring together essential council functions to reduce complexity of services, enhance planning & improve programme management of significant developments.
“By 2023 Auckland’s population is expected to grow by roughly the population of Hamilton, so we need to refocus how we respond to that growth.
“The proposed development programme office will be responsible for co-ordinating a joined-up council response to major development & infrastructure programmes, including major housing developments. It will also maintain a land & infrastructure programme model that links infrastructure investment with population change & growth, better informing investors, developers & council alike.”
The council set up the housing project office when it signed its 3-year housing accord with the Government at the end of 2013. The office is scheduled to conclude activities in September 2016, when the housing accord ends and the region’s first unitary plan is due to come into force.
Mr Kimpton said considerable thought had gone into the office’s transition into the council’s core business and further increasing customer service in the support of housing supply, regulatory approvals and delivery of development & infrastructure outcomes for Auckland.
“As well as considering the expected growth in population & development, we’ve also considered growth in the expectation of Aucklanders. The result is the model we’ve proposed today, which is more than a combining of units. This is a proposal to help drive different outcomes that will ensure the longevity of the council’s response to the growth of our region.”
Staff consultation began today and will continue through September.
Attribution: Council release.