Stupid story of the day, from this morning’s Herald: a woman bought and transported a 100-year-old Epsom villa to a new site overlooking the Kaipara Harbour, a house that for all its life has been painted white.
Both sites are within Rodney Hide’s City of the Supersized Bureaucracy, in which planners have been given wider powers.
What those planners told Julie Cotton is this: in Epsom, the only colour you have permission to paint you house is white. But in Kaipara, virtually the only colour for which you don’t have permission to paint your house is white. (Yes, dear reader, in the Brave New City anything that isn’t prohibited is made compulsory.) From the Herald story:
The villa had been painted white its whole life - a council heritage requirement for a house of that age in Epsom - and the Cottons wanted it to stay that way.
However, shortly after moving it to Tapora, the family were told by a council inspector they had to paint the house one of 50 dark colours, including green, brown, or black.
The order was based on the West Coast Policy Area, which states parts of the North Rodney area landscape are highly exposed to the risks of development, meaning the colour and material of houses should complement the surrounding environment
Yes, that’s right, the RMA, the District Plan and Rodney’s planners have all been insisting that this house, which can’t be seen from any road, must essentially be painted in camouflage in order not to offend non-existing passers by. So that poor Julie Cotton, who always wanted “a big, white house on a farm,” is now instead faced with painting her house to look like an army barracks.
Just another story from this Brave New City.