3 Mar 2016

Auckland Unitary Plan can be completed by deadline - panel

3:36 pm on 3 March 2016

The judge presiding over hearings on Auckland's Unitary Plan says it can be completed on time, despite calls for a one-year extension.

Judge David Kirkpatrick has told today's hearings that a change to legislation would be needed if the completion date for the city's development blueprint was to be pushed beyond late July.

The job of getting through the contentious area of residential zonings in the next two months has sparked debate before the hearings panel on whether it can be done on time.

Lawyer Douglas Allan told the panel it would be better to get the right plan, than an early plan.

Judge Kirkpatrick said the panel was appointed for a specific process and time, and he had indicated to the Minister that it can be achieved.