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What they're saying about the Unitary Plan

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/07/2016


* "We've had four years of debate and everyone has had ample opportunity to have their say ... we as a council need to consider the panel's recommendations and make final decisions" - Auckland mayor Len Brown

* "[The panel] has done a good job of addressing the complex issues and balancing the competing interests ... We will be giving the council clear air to make a considered decision" - Environment Minister Nick Smith

* "Labour believes the panel has done the bare minimum to help Auckland deliver just the number of houses it needs - but by retaining the urban growth boundary and adding more land, it simply risks feeding Auckland's speculative frenzy" - Labour Party leader Andrew Little

* "By continuing to force intensification, they are essentially using the thinking that got us into this mess to try to get us out of it" - ACT Party leader David Seymour.

* "We're pleased the independent panel has recognised that if you want an affordable, liveable city you've got to build more homes near where people work and play, in suburbs that already exist" - Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei.

* "Why triple density in some suburbs if all that does is add to already congested arterial roads, and there is no solution in sight?" - Employers and Manufacturers Association CEO Kim Campbell

* "It will enable development, including the supply of housing and enable the choice of housing available to be expanded to meet the needs of a significantly expanding and diverse population" - New Zealand Planning Institute Auckland chair Theresa Walsh

* "This is a plan that in our view gives the chance of providing housing for those struggling in the current housing market" - the Salvation Army's Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Hutson

* "Note to NIMBYs: #UnitaryPlan describes what is possible in long term, not what will definitely be developed tomorrow" - Generation Zero director Sudhvir Singh in a tweet

* "The #UnitaryPlan website seems to be struggling with heavy traffic. Takes almost as long to load up as it did for the Plan to be delivered!" - Simone McCallum in a tweet

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