A more integrated approach to planning the future of the Highbury Town Centre is proposed following a council decision this week (May 24), supported by the Kaipatiki Local Board.
Auckland Council’s regional development and operations committee considered the advice of its planners and agreed to withdraw the former North Shore City Council’s Highbury Plan Change which addressed building height limits within the business zone.
Committee chair and local North Shore ward councillor, Ann Hartley, says the city’s planning framework had changed significantly since amalgamation and provided a more strategic and cost effective way forward.
“Highbury is a key part of our city and with better planning tools within our grasp, we won’t be dealing with height restrictions in isolation,” she says.
“The aspirations identified in the approved Auckland Plan and the future Kaipatiki Area Plan will provide for an appropriate, informed variation to the Unitary Plan – the city’s resource management plan now under development.
“The area planning process will result in a clearer view of Highbury’s future emerging next year and will identify what’s needed in the transport and related areas to unleash Highbury’s potential.”