Published 13 June 2010
Auckland City Council has put out for consultation the maps indicating the properties in the residential 2 zone which require resource consent for demolition or removal of buildings built before 1940. Submissions close on Friday 9 July.
The council sent letters & maps to about 10,000 owners & occupiers of properties in the city’s residential 2 zone at the weekend. Affected homes are mostly in Mt Albert, Herne Bay, Epsom, One Tree Hill, Parnell, Remuera, Kohimarama & St Heliers.
The council initially proposed blanket controls on pre-1940s buildings across the entire residential 2 zone, so resource consent would have been required before any such building could be removed or demolished.
City development committee chairman Aaron Bhatnagar said that, after a court appeal, the council studied properties in the zone with the help of an independent heritage expert and concluded that not all pre-1940s buildings in the zone warranted this protection.
The Environment Court & all parties to the appeal approved specific criteria to assess when demolition or removal controls would apply, limiting the controls to pre-1940 buildings “of sufficient architectural & streetscape character to justify controls”.
The council will collate submissions on the maps and refer them to the Environment Court before another court hearing is held. Submitters will have the right to give evidence. Submissions must only be on the new maps, not the assessment criteria already approved.
Blanket rules requiring resource consent to demolish or remove pre-1940s homes in the residential 1 zone remain in place and are still under appeal.
16 September 2008: Mayor continues workshops to resolve heritage housing dispute
15 August 2008: Spotlight stays on heritage demolition rules
11 July 2008: Heritage plan change revisions out for consultation
19 February 2007: Residential 1 & 2 recommendations back in April-May
4 September 2005: Council moves to stop pre-40s demolition