49_ The process audit and content audit of the Annual Implementation Update will inevitably identify variations from the intended directions of the Auckland Plan. This can be expected with legacy projects and programmes currently under way and requiring completion. The Unitary Plan, which will be the Council’s principal regulatory instrument for giving effect to the Auckland Plan, is still in preparation. New funding and institutional tools need to be identified, and if deemed suitable, brought into use.
50_ However, the use of regulatory instruments, funding tools and institutional tools alone will not achieve success. A key aspect of implementation success will be a change of culture within the organisation itself, and among the partners, towards achieving the Auckland Plan. The Council and its partners will need to adopt working principles, or action plans to resolve misalignment may not be effective. Principles to achieve the outcomes of the Auckland Plan are described in Box C.1 of the Plan. These may need to be developed further to support implementation, and could set direction on matters such as:
- misaligned legacy projects, (capital and operating) strategies and policies, and how these will be managed or brought to a close if necessary
- misaligned operative plan zonings outside priority areas – in greenfield, brownfield, rural or other areas and how, if at all, these are to be provided with infrastructure
- the terms for allowing and inheriting private infrastructure outside priority locations
- the commitment to first providing critical infrastructure and operating funding to priority locations and programmes
- the alignment of renewal budgets, as well as growth capital funding, with priority location timings.
51_ A culture of achieving the Auckland Plan among Auckland Council and its partners, based on sound and agreed principles, needs to become a key part of doing daily business.