Auckland City Council - City Scene
Developers will pay for more of the flow-on effects of their developments from next Monday, when the Isthmus Section of
the Auckland City District Plan becomes operative. Under new rules that apply from November 15, developers might be
required to contribute to anything from the cost of a new seat on a nearby walkway, to better footpaths in the local
shopping centre, to drainage improvements or additional carparking or the purchase of new land for parks.
Chairperson of the Council's Planning Committee, Councillor Juliet Yates, says councils were given the ability to take
financial contributions on certain types of development by the Resource Management Act, which is now nearly 10 years
"However, the rules could not be applied until the District Plan became operative." She says the new rules replace the
'reserve contributions' required under the Local Government Act and which could only be used to provide or improve parks
"The advantage of the new financial contributions is that they can be used to deal with a range of issues resulting from
"Also, they can be applied whether the adverse effects of the development are on the development site, in the local
community or across the city. They will be an extremely valuable tool to protect Auckland City as a wonderful place to
live and visit as the city's population continues to grow."
The new plan (under the Resource Management Act 1991) allows the council to collect financial contributions in a number
of ways and for:-
Open Space, Business Development (Business 2 and 3), Infrastructure, Environmental and Heritage and Parking.