Influencing Auckland CBD’s big-ticket projects

For nearly 15 years, Property Council has held a seat on Auckland Council’s City Centre Advisory Board (ACCAB), one of the largest influencers and shapers of Auckland CBD’s rejuvenation and future development.

 

What is the ACCAB?

The ACCAB, which meets monthly, comprises public and private sector stakeholders. It provides advice to Auckland Council on achieving the agreed vision and strategic outcomes for the CBD set out within the Auckland Plan and others such as the city centre and waterfront masterplans. It also makes decisions on community and social development plans such as the Homelessness Action Plan.

 

The ACCAB influences all-important funding priorities too, recommending investment projects to the Auckland Council’s Governing Body on which to spend the approximately $25 million per annum collected by the City Centre Targeted Rate.

 

Why is Property Council involved?

We ensure our members have a voice where decisions that affect us and the liveability of our future cities are being made. The ACCAB is at the pointy end of that decision-making and we’ve been able to bring our sector’s collective experience to the table to influence projects in collaboration with other board members.

 

 As a member of the ACCAB, Property Council is working closely with Auckland Transport, Waitemata Local Board and Auckland Council officials in the redevelopment and pedestrianisation of the public space outside Britomart Train Station and the post-CRL upgrade of Albert Street. Via the ACCAB Property Council is also currently providing perspectives on the waterfront strategic planning refresh, upgrades to Hobson and Nelson Streets, Myers Park upgrade and the extension of the Federal Street shared space.

 

Who else is involved?

The Board is made up of CBD stakeholders including Heart of the City, University of Auckland, Staples Rodway, Ngati Whatua Orakei and the CBD Residents Advisory Group. Politicians who attend the monthly meeting include Councillor Mike Lee (representing the CBD), Councillor Chris Darby (Chair of the Planning Committee) and Shale Chambers (Chair of the Waitemata Local Board).