Unitary Plan For Auckland -Time to Make Hay

It’s time to make hay while the sun shines.

The Auckland Councils Unitary Plan was announced today. In essence it allows more properties to be built by re zoning the whole of the Auckland isthmus to a higher density.

This should be cheaper than just building further and further out. The plan is up for discussion but in my opinion there is no option but to build more and higher on existing sites. The basic infrastructure is already there ( roads, sewage, power etc)  although up grades might be needed.

For investors the message is clear. Study the plan, follow the links provided in the draft plan, and buy land in the areas that will take the densest housing. You will have to take a very long view of things but I can see no way out of creating more housing any other way.


Welcome to The draft Auckland Unitary Plan (March 2013). The Unitary Plan will be Auckland’s planning ‘rulebook’, setting out where and how our city grows in the future.

This rulebook is the next step in bringing Auckland together. It will replace former regional and district plans with one document focused on delivering the vision of the Auckland Plan, to make this world’s most liveable city.

The draft Auckland Unitary Plan (March 2013) will offer a simpler, more consistent set of rules that apply Auckland-wide. These draft rules are now available to everyone, from homeowners to developers, in one user-friendly, online e-plan.

The draft Auckland Unitary Plan (March 2013) on this site is a draft for informal public feedback. The feedback from this round of engagement will help us to make sure we have a high quality plan ready for notification and formal consultation later in the year.

What can you do?

Read the plan and look at the maps

The draft Auckland Unitary Plan (March 2013) includes:
• Regional Policy Statement (RPS)
• Regional and district objectives and policies
• Rules
• Definitions
• Designations
• Maps showing your property, zones, precincts and overlays.




Read What The NZ Herald says:


High-rise in Auckland’s suburbs
By Bernard Orsman    Saturday Mar 16, 2013

Multi-storey apartment blocks, a million more people … council reveals the plan that will dramatically reshape our city

A land area of 49 per cent of Auckland will be zoned for “mixed housing” that includes town houses, terraced dwellings and small-scale apartment buildings. Photo / Thinkstock
Aucklanders are being asked to adapt to a new way of life that includes having more high-rise and small-size apartments to cope with squeezing another one million residents into the city.

A new planning rulebook sets out to balance the traditional suburban lifestyle with more intense building, a growing population, changing housing patterns and a desire to preserve rural and coastal environments.

“This is a document for defining the future of our city,” said Mayor Len Brown at yesterday’s launch of the unitary plan <http://shapeauckland.co.nz> , which replaces the existing 14 district and regional plans.

Under the plan, 44 per cent of urban Auckland will remain largely unchanged – 35 per cent for single houses and 9 per cent in “large lots” on the fringes.

The other 56 per cent – from Orewa in the north to Pukekohe in the south and most suburbs in between – is earmarked for “intensification”, under which building density will be increased to accommodate more people.

A land area of 49 per cent will be zoned for “mixed housing” that includes town houses, terraced dwellings and small-scale apartment buildings



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One thought on “Unitary Plan For Auckland -Time to Make Hay

  1. Small scale apartment buildings
    What exactly are these. Will they be jammed in everywhere – spoiling views and light. Will existing covenants over heights be wiped.

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