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Auckland Council 10-Year Budget 2018-28
31 May 2018
Auckland Council approved its Long Term Plan 2018-2028 /10 year Budget on 31 May. Whilst holding a general rates increase to 2.5%, Council approved new rates and a Regional Fuel Tax to target specific issues facing Auckland. These include...Read More
31 May 2018
These include a water quality targeted rate, natural environment targeted rate, changes to the online accommodation providers targeted rate to incorporate Airbnb properties, and a Regional Fuel Tax for improvements to the transport system which means the removal of the interim transport levy.
Business Differential: The Long Term Differential Strategy which was paused last year will be resumed. That is, the reduction in business’s share of general rates from 32.4%, at a rate of 0.01% per year, until the fair and equitable goal acknowledged by Council of 25.8% is reached. However, that is going to take until 2037/38 and business is still paying a disproportionately high level of rates (2.7% more). Noting that the new targeted rates are being introduced at the 25.8% business differential share we suggested in our submission that general rates be treated the same way. Council needs to reduce the timeframe for the differential re-balancing.
A positive, and strongly lobbied by GETBA, is Council's commitment to continue to find greater value for money and efficiency in Council spending, including further reviews and savings from group shared services.
The Long Term Plan and Budget will be adopted in June 2018.Read Less
Unitary Plan - Transpower Appeals and other outcomes
The Transpower Appeals to the High Court and Environment Court, which were the final aspects of the Unitary Plan being pursued by GETBA and other Business Association partners, have been resolved. Overall with regard to the Unitary Plan we can be satisfied that GETBA's submission and three year process of hearings and mediations have had a favourable outcome...
A major success in 2017 was resisting Transpower’s demands for extensive regulation of land and buildings in buffer zones around its transmission lines.
Following some well-resourced advocacy by Transpower throughout the Unitary Plan process, the Independent Hearings Panel went with Transpower and recommended the buffer zones be increased to a distance of 32 metres each side of the centrelines of the 110kV lines and 37 metres each side of the centrelines of 220kV lines.
However, the Council (largely because of pressure from industrial business groups, including GETBA) rejected these recommendations and reduced the buffer zone to 24m (12m either side of a transmission line centreline).
Transpower then appealed this decision to both the High Court and Environment Court. GETBA, together with other industrial business associations, argued in both courts for the buffer zone to be limited to 24m and ultimately were successful.
Certainly, for East Tamaki businesses, especially those under the Transpower lines, the reduction in the size of the buffer zones means far less regulation of their land and buildings than would otherwise have been the case.
Overall with regard to the Unitary Plan we can be satisfied that GETBA's submission and three year process of hearings and mediations have had a favourable outcome. GETBA's submissions with regard to heavy industrial land were mainly accepted, especially: to retain heavy industry zoning for a number of sites; to remove further air quality restrictions; to keep parking requirements to a minimum; to prohibit large churches; to remove any requirement for green star ratings; to make it easier for Port reclamation. More detail.
This has been a three year process. GETBA originally held a Unitary Plan Property Forum in April 2013 and worked with a property owner sub group and local government specialist and lawyer Grant Hewison on our submission. We subsequently worked through the post submission phase of Mediations and Hearings.
Click here for GETBA's submission.
Greenmount Landfill to Park project
A ceremony was held at the site on 14 December to mark the delivery of one of the last loads of topsoil prior to the Howick Local Board progressing the development into a public park.Read More
A ceremony was held at the site on 14 December to mark the delivery of one of the last loads of topsoil prior to the Howick Local Board progressing the development into a public park. Present were three descendants of Mrs Sarah Lushington (nee Styak) who gifted the land to be used as a park. GETBA has lobbied strongly with LGOIMA requests of Council and a letter to the Ombudsman to address the ongoing delays and ensure that the funding agreed to for the park by the legacy Manukau City Council was forthcoming, and so that the park could be enjoyed by the people who work in the area who have had to put up with the negative effects of the landfill for decades.
Initial works will include bulk earthworks, sediment control, stormwater and swales improvements, road access, car parking, some footpaths and gravel tracks to the summit, tree planting, furniture and signage. When this work will start depends on when the site is safe for public use, but the first phase is expected to start in 2017, and progress as funding alllows. The former quarry site was decommissioned as a landfill in 2005. Since 2006 the site has been undergoing managed fill operations to restore its original landform.Read Less
Auckland Council draft budget 2017/18 consultation
The mayor proposed new revenue streams, including targeted rates, to fund investment in infrastructure to accomodate Auckland's growth.Read More
The mayor proposed new revenue streams as an alternative to large rates increases to fund investment in infrastructure to accomodate Auckland's growth. Topics for consultation included general rates increase of either 2%,2.5% or 3%; the business rating differential reduction to be paused for a year; a targeted rate on accomodation providers for tourism promotion; a targeted rate to fund infrastructure for new housing, and a living wage for staff. Submissions closed on 27 March and the formal Annual Budget was adopted in June 2017.
Click here for GETBA's submission.Read Less
Draft Annual Plan and Budget 2016/2017 - a win for business
In what is a win for business, Auckland Council decided not to increase the proportion of the Interim Transport Levy (introduced by stealth a year ago) to be paid by business in the Annual Budget 2016/2017.Read More
In what is a win for business, Auckland Council decided not to increase the proportion of the Interim Transport Levy (introduced by stealth a year ago) to be paid by business in the Annual Budget 2016/2017. The fixed component of general rates (Uniform Annual General Charge) will also remain unchanged. GETBA's submission.Read Less
Review of Alcohol Bans, July - October 2015
GETBA is disappointed that the Howick Local Board has not listened to GETBA and 97 submitters and has allowed the alcohol bans in the East Tamaki industrial precinct to lapse on all affected streets (see map)...Read More
GETBA is disappointed that the Howick Local Board has not listened to GETBA and 97 submitters and has allowed the alcohol bans in the East Tamaki industrial precinct to lapse on all affected streets (see map). GETBA appeared at the Howick Local Board Hearing on 6 August speaking to an additional Hearings Statement and an email from the NZ Police Counties Manukau East Area Commander. The lack of consistency in decision making is of concern with other similar industrial areas including Rosebank in Auckland and Te Rapa in Hamilton retaining the alcohol bans to protect those areas.Read Less
Draft Long Term Plan 2015-2025
View GETBA's submission on Auckland Council's proposed 10 year budget. Issues of interest to business include fixing and funding transport, differential rating (general and wastewater rates) and increasing charges for...Read More
View GETBA's submission on Auckland Council's proposed 10 year budget. Issues of interest to business include fixing and funding transport, differential rating (general and wastewater rates) and increasing charges for certain building control, land and property information, and resource consents beyond the rate of inflation. We await the results of the consultation.Read Less
Draft Local Approved Product Policy - Legal Highs, February 2015
GETBA's submission objected to the proposed Policy on the basis that the resulting regulation from the proposed LAPP means that retail premises selling psychoactive substances will be permitted in many industrial areas within Auckland.Read More
GETBA's submission objected to the proposed Policy on the basis that the resulting regulation from the proposed LAPP means that retail premises selling psychoactive substances will be permitted in many industrial areas within Auckland. GETBA spoke at the Council Hearing on 13 February 2015 expressing concern for the safety of workers (37% of our almost 30,000 employees work in manufacturing) and for jeopardising the area's positive crime prevention results by bringing undesirable elements into the area.
Decision: Council has chosen not to make industrial areas sensitive sites/restricted zones. The panel noted the addition of industrial zones as a restricted area would significantly change the policy and increase the risk of legal challenge considerably. The panel also noted the requirement of a resource consent, due to the non-complying status of retail in an industrial area.
That might be the case for new retail under the Unitary Plan, but does not address existing retail that can convert to or sell these substances. And it is actually the current district plan that will govern these activities.
Bylaw Reviews 2014-2015
Submissions closed in October 2014 (click here to view GETBA's submissions).
Rates and the Business Differential
GETBA has lobbied against the business differential on Council Rates. In our view, Council's timeframe to reduce this business differential over 10 years is too slow.
For consultation on other recent Council plans and resulting submissions, see our submissions page
For a major industrial area such as East Tamaki it is critical that decision making is made at the regional rather than local level. The collective strength through collaboration of commercial industrial associations across Auckland is being actively pursued. Collaborating with five other industrial associations on the Unitary Plan is an example of this collaboration in action.