Commissioner wanted formula established before he left
Rodney District commissioner Grant Kirby’s departing threat to developers over plan 62 proved a hollow one.
Mr Kirby resolved at his last commission meeting before handing back the reins on the district to councillors, on 28 March, that he would give the parties to the plan change 62 dispute until 5pm on Friday 6 April to finalise a consent order or the council would take the dispute back to the Environment Court.
The other parties, naturally, didn’t oblige and Mr Kirby duly handed over to the incoming council on Wednesday 11 April.
The council’s new group manager, environmental services, Geoff Mears, said the council would either get a signed agreement or seek mediation â€” not as hard a line as his former boss’s â€” but first needed to see where the new councillors wanted to go on the matter, which has been on the council agenda for six years.
One agenda it’s not on, however, is the new council’s first meeting agenda set down for Friday 20 April.
Plan change 62, a formula for charging costs of development, has been before a court-appointed mediator for some months, and Mr Mears said there was no guarantee the court would accept it back in the courtroom instead of continuing to be sorted out in the mediation process.Kirby puts deadline on talks