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what is the Auckland unitary plan?


The Auckland Unitary Plan is a comprehensive rulebook for Auckland Region's future urban development. It replaces massive old Regional Policy Statement, 13 district and regional plans. It is aimed to make simple and single rules to manage the future development in Auckland and intend to create higher density housing and urban sprawl in this city. 



​How is the processing of the proposed auckland unitary plan?


30 September 2013: The Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan Draft

It was firstly face to public is its draft notified on 30th September 2013 and we called it "the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan"(PAUP).​ In that time, we still use the district plan (DP) as a basis to assess the development for planning issues, but also use very limited immediate effective provisions in the PAUP draft, such as earthwork, stormwater management area Flow 1 or 2 etc. 


22 July 2016: The Independent Hearing Panel Recommendation

​An Independent Hearings Panel had listened to 249 days of submissions and finally delivered its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) to the council on 22 July 2016. The provisions of PAUP has been subsequently changed from the draft in 2013. Some  zone change has also been reflected on the unitary plan viewer in the IHP recommendation version. 


19 August 2016: The Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan Decision

The decision version was been released by Auckland Council on 19 August 2016. It finally sets out the decisions on the recommendations, the recommended plan text and maps, and all council designations. Since this time, we have to take two plans (1. the operative district plan; 2. the unitary plan decision version) to assess during this transition period and give a weight analysis to consider the rule effect. 


15 November 2016: The Auckland Unitary Plan Operative in part

On 15th November 2016, the Council notified that the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan become 'Operative in part'. And in that time, PAUP turned to AUP (Auckland Unitary Plan). Excepting all the appealed items, any non-annotate provisions will become to be operative and replace the relevance in the current district plans. For the appealed provisions in AUP, we still need use weighting analysis to assess the relevance in both plans until all appeals are fully resolved. 



What are the main differences of residential and rural zones in aup?


Residential Zones

There are only six different zones in residential areas which include large lot, rural and coastal settlement, single house, mixed housing suburban, mixed housing urban and terrace housing and apartment building zones. For large lot, rural and coastal settlement and single house zones, there is only allowed to build one household dwelling. But for other three, it then allows to build more than one dwelling on site. As the appeal has not been resolved yet, there is no certain number of permitted household units.


Rural Zones (excluding Waitakere Foothills and Waitakere Range zone)

There are five rural zones contained rural production, mixed rural, rural coastal, rural conservation and countryside living zones. Expecting rural coastal zone in Te Arai - Pakiri, Whangateau, Waiwera, Kaipara South Head and harbour, Muriwai - Te Henga Coastal Areas, other zones are allowed to build one household unit on site.