The Auckland Plan is the strategy to create the world’s most liveable city for one million new people; 400,000 new homes needed.
But Council can't build this city; it can only give permission to the private sector to build it. The private sector is risk aversive. It will build suburbs, high-rise apartments, infill and terrace housing, but these development patterns are not conducive to building communities. They do not make Auckland more liveable.
In this website we present the Auckland VillageTown; a development pattern modelled on the timeless old-European car-free town, but built on the fibre-optic, new-tech economy. It would be conceived as a PPP between Auckland Council and what the Dept of Internal Affairs calls Social Enterprise. When done, it offers Auckland developers a development pattern for liveability.
Can we have positive urban growth? Growth without congestion, pollution, social degradation, unaffordable housing and other ills that plague Auckland's growth? The answer is yes if we reinvent the core concept of urban life.
We call it VillageTown. It problem-solves and aims higher. Made possible by shifts in technology that redefine the economy. In a world linked by fibre, New Zealand is no longer on the edge. We can thrive if we reinvent growth.
It is a very different way to think about urban growth. It uses time-tested models that were forgotten in the 20th century as cost-externalising (off-loading indirect costs and forcing negative effects to a third party) became the road to profit.
Instead of cost externalising, the VillageTown aligns pecuniary and public interest by enabling the people and communities who will live with the results to be part of the decision-making process.
Attract head-of-household jobs first. Engage the future villagers from the onset.
Move destinations not people. Home, work, schools, shops, recreation: walk to all. Stop Stupid Driving.
A citizen-owned Civitas Corporation builds, governs, and retains profits to invest in the local economy.