In this week's column for Newsroom Pro, Rod Oram challenges the new Government's plan to remove the urban rural boundary around Auckland.
John Key, who said soon after his re-election in 2014 that this term would be focused on reducing child poverty, came under pressure yesterday to accept the call from new Children's Commissioner and former Principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft to target a reduction in a specific child poverty measure.
Hopes the new Unitary Plan would unleash an imminent surge in housing development to address Auckland's housing crisis have been dashed for up to a year.
Nick Smith flagged yesterday that the Government is considering taking legal action to counter any delays forced on Auckland's Unitary Plan by the more-than-100 appeals lodged against the plan in the Environment and High Courts by residents' groups, developers and corporates.
The introduction of Auckland's Unitary Plan and a long-hoped-for surge in housing supply faces the prospect of yet more delay after around 100 appeals were lodged against the plan in the Environment Court and the High Court by Friday afternoon's deadline. The appeals included many from heavy hitters with significant legal budgets and years of experience in challenging planning legislation through the Environment and High Courts.
For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column in which I argue a land tax and/or targeted rates would change the expectations of unending tax-free capital gains with low holding costs that is driving a frenzy of land-banking in Auckland.
Auckland's land-bankers took centre-stage in Parliament yesterday with Andrew Little challenging John Key over the 328 properties being marketed in Auckland as land-banking opportunities on TradeMe.
The Productivity Commission this morning released the draft report of its Better Urban Planning Inquiry, including a proposal for a permanent Independent Hearings Panel (IHP) and a push to separate legislation for the natural and built environments.
The Government came under more pressure on the issue of Auckland's housing issue/crisis/shortage yesterday.
In an almost anti-climactic series of Auckland Council votes just after 3pm yesterday afternoon, the Unitary Plan was passed four days ahead of its final deadline and largely intact.