Jobs of 500 Auckland Council staff on the line

LAURA WALTERS
Last updated 18:09 09/06/2014
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ROGER BLAKELEY: Auckland Council chief planning officer.

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The jobs of 500 Auckland Council staff are on the line as the council undertakes a review of its Chief Planning Office.

Auckland Council chief planning officer Roger Blakeley said the council had undergone significant change since the office was set up in 2009.

The focus had shifted from major planning projects to their implementation, Blakeley said.

"There is still much planning to be done such as the completion of the Unitary Plan, structure plans and area plans. 

"Nevertheless, we need to prepare ourselves for the next three years to be fit for purpose."

Council would not say how many job losses would result from the restructure of the office.

Formal consultation on the draft proposal kicked off today and the final structure of the office would be released at the end of July.

Blakeley said the office had completed major plans in the first term of the new council including the Auckland Plan, the Economic Development Strategy, the City Centre Master Plan and the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. 

"These have been recognised in several reviews of the first term of council as being amongst its major achievements in the first term, and providing a platform for delivery in the second term."

There had also been several special-purpose programme teams set up, including the Housing Project Office and the City Centre Integration Group, he said.

Blakeley said perhaps the greatest challenge for council during the next three years would be managing high population and economic growth within constrained resources of council.

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