SOS Chairperson Sally Hughes (second from the left) was on the Heritage and Character Panel at the Unitary Plan launch on Friday 15th at the Viaduct Events Centre. Also on the panel were Councillor Sandra Coney, Waitemata, Local Board Chair Shale Chambers, Connal Townsend from the Property Council, Council Planner Penny Pirrit, and architect Christina van Bohemen.
Sally expressed disappointment that the Council had not gone far enough to protect heritage in the draft Unitary Plan and challenged the Council to make a bold policy decision such as the one made by Brisbane in the 1990s. She also spoke about the importance of public notification to allow communities to have input into planning decisions. There are only 11 weeks for the submission process. It is imperative that all members submit and SOS will provide guidance on making a submission.
Credit – All About Auckland