The Hearings Panel has announced its recommendations on the Auckland Unitary Plan.
The Society is extremely disappointed that it has recommended that the Rural Urban Boundary (RUB) be moved to allow intensive development on the Todd Property Group land in East Okura.
Auckland Council has to accept or reject this recommendation before 19 August.
The Council’s position has been that the RUB should remain in its current position and that the existing zoning of the land remain countryside living.
The Society is deeply concerned that the quality of the waters of the Okura Estuary and Marine Reserve will be degraded which will adversely affect marine and bird life of the area.
Recent heavy rains have caused serious problems with sedimentation flowing into the Estuary and if the urban development recommended by the Panel is allowed there is high risk of catastrophic pollution of the Estuary’s waters.
It is essential that the Council hold to its current position.
To show your support for Council’s standing strong, to protest development and the degradation of the Estuary, come to the Mud Challenge 12.30pm tomorrow 31 July at the end of Okura River Road. Put on your swimmers and/or wetsuit and join the mad-cap mud team. Or be a spectator supporter.
This is our last chance of saving the Estuary and its special nature. Once development begins, it will be too late.