Legal advice received by the City regarding the submissions suggested there was a danger in rejecting all suspect submissions as some might be legitimate.
‘If rejected, this creates the risk of litigation against the City involving a challenge to the validity of the amendment, should it be adopted,’ the report said.
‘There is considerable repetition in the content of the questionable submissions.
‘They either object to the amendment without explanation or elaboration, or where this is provided, one of a very small number of issues is identified which could easily be addressed, by the City.’
The proposed amendment would enforce restrictions on the number of dwellings built on lots coded below R60, in an attempt to control the rapid growth in the City.
Legitimate submissions highlighted issues with parking due to continued development in the City, as well as the impact on residential amenity.
The lack of adequate facilities and infrastructure to service the increased density for continued multiple dwellings was also raised in submissions calling for the City to take action on its zoning policy.
The item was subsequently referred to a future council meeting.