Auckland’s Unitary Plan

Auckland’s Unitary Plan has been released today. Some people think it’s good, some people doesn’t think it goes far enough, and others are aghast at what it would allow.

One thing is certain – if Auckland wants to progress and grow without creating major problems with housing things had to change quite significantly.

There needs to be easier and faster ways for housing to grow upwards and outwards.

Auckland can’t be a quaint old heritage city like Dunedin if it wants to be a modern international city. Some things have to give. And some people won’t like the result, but they can choose to move somewhere else if they like.

NZ Herald: Future of Auckland unveiled: Unitary Plan to go up and out

• Rural urban boundary expanded to include 30 per cent more land and can be changed through a private plan change
• Plan aims to meet Auckland’s growth and double the feasible housing capacity for 422,000 dwellings
• Ensure sufficient capacity for the next seven years
• Enable the growth and development of new or existing rural towns and villages
• Remove density controls in residential zones
• Delete a pre-1944 building demolition control overlay and protect heritage places and special character areas
• Remove or reduce requirements for on-site parking

Residents can now search their property via a link on the council’s website orthe zoning maps here

READ MORE:  Unitary Plan: Housing Minister encouraged by proposals

Recommended changes to housing zones

Singe house zone
This is your traditional single house on a section
• Reduction in area of 22 per cent
• In the central isthmus this zone will reduce by 42.6 per cent

Mixed housing suburban zone
Can build up to four houses up to two storeys on a section without resource consent
• Increase in area of 4.9 per cent

Mixed housing urban zone
Can build up to four houses up to three storeys on a section without resource consent
• Increase in area by 47.8 per cent

Terrace housing and apartment building zone
Can build apartments of up to five storeys, and in some cases, six or seven storeys
• Increase in area by 25.3 per cent

Other recommendations for housing zones
• The plan increases walkable catchments for higher density zones from 200-400m as proposed by council to 400-800m
• Most intensification is planned around town centres, along transport corridors and near schools and parks

Before it was released RNZ posted a useful summary: Ten things to know about Auckland’s Unitary Plan release

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  1. Gezza

     /  27th July 2016

    I don’t know why they don’t call it the Urinary Plan. So many people are going to piss all over it. 😀

    • Kevin

       /  27th July 2016

      It’s great if:

      a. You love living in apartments and riding public transport.


      b. You own a stand-alone single house and are planning on selling.

      For the rest of us it means higher house prices and even worse traffic problems.

      • Gezza

         /  27th July 2016

        Ronya Kev. I rest my case. Do you think there’s any hope of any changes being made, or are ya just pissing into the wind (so to speak)? o_O

        • Kevin

           /  28th July 2016

          No hope – Len and his cronies will be kicked out come next local elections.

      • Mefrostate

         /  28th July 2016

        Can you please explain how on earth it means higher house prices?

        • Kevin

           /  28th July 2016

          Because kiwis prefer to live in stand-alone houses rather than apartments. This plan will mean a lot less of those types of houses further driving up the prices.

          The whole idea is to grow Auckland upwards rather than outwards, as if we’re NYC with a dense population and limited land – which we’re not. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

          • Gezza

             /  28th July 2016

            Is that necessarily still true though, Kevin? My impression is that quite a lot of young people these days, including young couples, are more keen on apartment dwelling & getting about in the city than they are on buying & maintaining a property & section?

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  28th July 2016

    As ever the solution to too much bureaucracy is more bureaucracy. Now even more zoning creating winners and losers at the wim of bureaucrats. All property rights vulnerable to the stroke of a bureaucrat’s ego or bank balance. Sad, ignorant and myopically destructive.


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