The Auckland Spatial Plan process, launched last week by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Auckland Mayor Len Brown, lead the agenda at the recent Institute of Public Administration New Zealand’s (IPANZ) forum hosted by Beca.
The Auckland region comprises a third of New Zealand’s population and contributes 35% of the country’s gross domestic product; statistics which are projected to grow significantly over the next 30 years. The launch of the spatial plan discussion document represents the first step in the redevelopment of a strategy to capitalise on this growth. The document sets out ideas and identifies potential priorities and initial proposals for feedback to help prepare the draft Auckland Plan later this year.
At the launch of the Auckland Spatial Plan last week, dubbed “Auckland Unleashed”, Mayor Brown said ''as New Zealand's only true international city we must unleash its powerhouse.'' He went on to say that the city must have a world-class transport system, pointing in particular to the population growth expected for the North Shore, which he believes will double over the next 20 years.
The IPANZ event includes a panel discussion covering key aspects of the spatial plan process. These include the Auckland Plan discussion document (presented by Ree Anderson from Auckland Council), and why regions from outside Auckland should engage with the development of the spatial plan (facilitated by Julie Hardaker, Mayor of Hamilton).
In addition, Don Lyon, Managing Director of Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner, will discuss the plan as a tool for addressing multi-regional issues.
Beca’s Planning team offers a wide range of services including consents management, environmental impact assessment, master planning, policy planning, strategic and growth planning, and urban design. The team has undertaken strategic studies and planning for growth for central, regional and local government and agencies, and has developed action plans, monitoring, and risk strategies for a wide variety of clients.
IPANZ is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation committed to promoting improvements in public policy and in administration and management across New Zealand’s public sector.