An attempt to spark debate on the Bayswater housing issue at the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board was thwarted by chairman Chris Darby.
Mr Darby refused to accept a notice of motion by member Mike Cohen who opposes the council's proposed Unitary Plan changes for Bayswater.
Mr Darby spoke at the council Unitary Plan meeting supporting rule changes, providing residents were given the chance to comment.
But residents have already won battles against housing at Bayswater and proposed new rules play into developers' hands, Mr Cohen says.
He says the notice of motion was lodged just a day short of what the rules allow because of council delays in providing vital Auckland Plan Committee meeting minutes.
Mr Cohen says the rules were interpreted too strictly and it shut down debate on an issue important to residents.
Unitary plan decisions go against an earlier structure plan that promotes only marine activities and recreational uses, he says.
More than 80 per cent of 1200 submitters supported the structure plan prepared by Devonport Community Board and North Shore City Council, he says.
Mr Cohen wanted the board to oppose the Unitary Plan decisions.
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