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Confusion as to the respective functions of the Auckland Regional Planning Organisation and the Auckland Metropolitan Planning Committee is expected to be clarified at a conference of representatives of district local authorities in the Town Hall on August 14.

Following the recent setting up of the regional ana metropolitan organisations, the various committees were convened, said the Mayor, Mr. Allum, chairman of the Auckland Regional Planning Council, this morning. It became apparent at the outset that a grave possibility of duplication and conflict existed ir. the performance of the functions and activities of the organisations and that authoritative advice was needed as to how such functions and activities could be reconciled.

It was also felt, continued, Mr. Allum, that as the organisations were of an advisory character and had no statutory authority, legislation should be sought to put them on a sound statutory basis and thus ensure that the results of their work would not prove abortive, as had so often been the case with similar endeavours in the past. Misapprehension, too, had been expressed as to the possibility of interference by the Organisation for National Development with schemes that had already been adopted by the local and public utility authorities within the region. * No Interference Mr. Allum said a meeting had, therefore, been arranged between Mr. J. W. Mawson, town planning officer to the Organisation for National Development and the representatives of both the bodies concerned. Mr. Mawson pointed out that the O.N.D. had no intention of interfering with development schemes already contemplated. Its policy was to enable the elected representatives of the people, in collaboration with State Departments, to plan their own affairs on a regional basis.

It had been also pointed out that had it not been for the prior existence and activities of the Aucklaind Metropolitan Planning Committee the co-ordination of planning activities in the whole region would have been brought under a single organisation, as had been done in of other regions in the Dominion, continued Mr. Allum.

If it were considered desirable it would not be too late to resolve the co-ordination of planning activities into one organisation. This could be achieved by absorbing the metropolitan organisation with proper representation into the regional organisation or by expanding the functions and activities of the metropolitan organisation to embrace the whole region. Necessary Authority Mr. Allum said authority to make regional planning schemes already existed in the Town Planning Amendment Act, 1929, but this was merely permissive and afforded no mandatory powers. Mr. Mawson had said that if regional planning organisations required extension of the existing legislation to enable them to function effectively there was no doubt the GoYernment would take the necessary steps.

Decision had been made to call a conference of the Regional Planning Council to consider the desirability of amalgamating the present organisations and the obtaining of suitable legislation to safeguard the consummation of planning schemes after adoption, concluded Mr. Ai-lum. This conference would be held at 10.30 a.m. on August 14.

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REGIONAL PLANS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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REGIONAL PLANS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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