Published 7 September 2007An Auckland City Council committee wants to discuss with the Government how to stop destruction of heritage buildings by neglect.
The recommendation to find ways of intervening where property owners don’t maintain heritage buildings – either deliberately because they want the site for development, or because they don’t have the money to carry out maintenance – was added to a proposal to devise incentives to heritage property owners.
The environment, heritage & urban form committee also got a proposal for a heritage places during its public forum today, from Hobson Community Board member & council candidate Julie Chambers, but largely ignored her ideas.
The incentive options were set out in a 17-page report by the council’s city heritage chief advisor, George Farrant.
The committee agreed:
a report on incentive options should go to the new council’s direction-setting meeting in Novemberways to enhance the council’s transfer of development rights programme should be investigated during the isthmus & central area district plan reviews, andthe use of financial contributions as a heritage management tool should also be investigated during those reviews.
I’ll have more detail on the incentives & debate at the weekend.
Attribution: Council committee meeting & agenda, story written by Bob Dey for this website.