Auckland Council Considerations

Growth requirements

Auckland has always been the city of choice for the majority of immigrants and job seekers.  This has meant a continuous pressure for infrastructure creation and maintenance to deal with ever increasing population growth.

Despite the economic recession, this growth requirement for Auckland’s population is ongoing, but is now matched with further tightening of economic resources.

Patumahoe village has been identified in several planning documents as a growth node, due to a variety of factors, including the existing infrastructure and services available.

Auckland Plan – Did you know?

Auckland Council created a short video (2 min 40 sec) highlighting some of their planning criteria:

Trends

The Auckland Unleashed – Discussion document identifies four global megatrends:

1.       “globalisation and the global economy” – which has repositioned cities as the drivers of national economies.  Paradoxically, in a  globalised world the point of competitive advantage is at the local level.

2.       “doing more with less” – The drivers for more efficient use of resources require resolution of the apparent tension between network efficiency and responsive local government. Our new governance arrangements will help us address both through:

o    economies of scale where transport and other infrastructure is best managed on a regional scale;

o    and effective engagement at the local level through our 21 local boards;

3.       “a global sense of urgency to fix the environmental problems of the modern world” – In today’s world, being green is a minimum standard.  Global warming, pollution, peak oil, loss of biodiversity and water scarcity are driving public concerns for action by central government, local government and the corporate world.  The Auckland Plan proposes playing a leading role in promoting a low carbon footprint for Auckland. We need to lead by example in energy efficiency, in the promotion of walking, cycling and public transport, and in landfill and waste management.

4.     “the growth of the services sector in western economies is being shaped by a second wave of innovation aimed at tailoring and targeting services” . Mass collaboration is powering the new economy … There is a big opportunity for Auckland to be a global problem solver in some of these areas, especially those relating to the environment and sustainability. We develop these themes further into the document.  Nationally, Auckland contributes around 35% of New Zealand’s GDP annually, and is one of a handful of world cities that generates more than 30% of its nation’s GDP. Auckland’s share of the national population (33.4%) and its population growth rate (1.6% per annum), are both relatively high in international terms. The goal now is to use our strengths to improve our economic performance and contribution to the national economy.  Auckland is also part of an emerging northern North Island urban and economic system – a cluster of cities and towns north of Taupo (Hamilton, Tauranga and Whangarei) – which have significant business and other relationships with Auckland. More than 52% of New Zealand’s population lives north of Taupo, with projections that the proportion will rise steadily in coming years. A number of rivers increasingly point to the need for Auckland to form a strong policy and planning development relationship with the neighbouring regions of Northland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty especially. It is timely that an inter-regional agreement for the upper North Island has been initiated to cover land use, planning, infrastructure and a range of other issues.

 

Auckland Council Funding Considerations & Trends

The estimated cost of the amalgamation of the District Councils ranges between $120 – 240 million.

 

The recent proposal by the national government addressing the issue of leaky homes in Auckland has committed the council to an exposure of at least $2.5 billion.  This is likely to be only the starting figure.

Future funding trends for community facilities will be concentrated on those facilities that provide a wide range of the community with access and use, and are utllised for the majority of the time available to increase benefits and reduce operating and maintenance costs.

Funding trends will also be concentrated in locations with wider access  than immediate community.  In particular, along transport corridors and public transport networks.

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