Sunday, March 29, 2009

Yet another reason for Auckland not to be a supercity

Gary Taylor likes the idea.

He likes it because it can strengthen planning of where and how development can take place. He likes it because it can push his vision of "sustainable urban form" retaining urban growth limits. Given he says it is good for the environment, you can see where this is heading. Greater Auckland City will be a behemoth of a planning monster.

The debate, of course, should be what is the role of local government?

Until you answer that question, the form it would take is pointless to discuss.

1 comment:

Sally said...

"The debate, of course, should be what is the role of local government?"

"Until you answer that question, the form it would take is pointless to discuss."

Absolutely correct!

Present legislation states;
The purpose of local government is-
(a) to enable democratic local decision-making and action by, and on behalf of, communities: and
(b) to promote the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of communities, in the present and for the future. (Section 10)

The Role of a local authority is to-
(a) give effect, in relation to its district or region, to the purpose of local government stated in section 10; and
(b) perform duties, and exercise the rights, conferred on it by or under this Act and any other enactment. (Section 11)