Has your Unitary Plan submission been opposed?

As you will note below, the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society has opposed many submissions on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. This was part of the “further submissions” phase – a part of the process open to everybody who made a primary submission. The submission process is outlined here.

The criteria for making a “further submission” were:

  • you had already made a primary submission on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.
  • your further submission could not raise any new issues, but must either support or oppose a request made in a primary submission.
  • your further submission must address issues you believe you have a greater interest in than the general public.

As a special interest group, the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society have focused on submissions relating to the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area, which includes several submissions by residents of Oratia.

The Oratia R&R made eleven requests. (See them here.) The WRPS opposed one of them, #6374-3.

So … what should you do if you find your submission has been opposed by the WRPS? Here’s my best advice:

  1. Download a summary of the WRPS’s primary submission here (92KB) or locate its full submission here. (Submission #2959)
  2. Read the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act online here, or download it as a PDF here (573KB)
  3. Check the WRPS’s further submission, which will be emailed to you, and note what its objections to your submission are. You might also consider contacting the WRPS for more detail. Their contact info is here.
  4. Attend the hearings in person and use factual information gleaned from 1, 2 & 3 above and your own submission, to address the objections made by the WRPS.

Information about the hearings process is here.

If you didn’t say in your submission that you’d like to speak to the Hearings Panel, but you have since decided that you want to, contact the Panel now at info@aupihp.govt.nz

If you have any questions about this or can offer further advice, please post here as a “comment” on this article.