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Your place in Auckland's future

By Kay Keam - 30 Sep 2013

The Auckland Unitary Plan will be notified today. This will trigger the formal submissions phase with submissions closing on 28 February 2014. The Plan will not be fully operative until completion of the submissions and appeals process. If you own property in Auckland or do business in Auckland the time to take action is now.

The Plan will be available online at

So what's in it?

The Plan will set out new planning rules. Being online, it will enable you to generate a map for your property (or a property that you are interested in) showing zones, heritage controls, designations and other planning limitations.

The Plan will eventually replace 14 of Auckland's existing district and regional plans. Many of these existing plans are already more than 10 years old. The Plan will be the key planning document for the Auckland region.

So why should I bother to check it?

The restrictions imposed by the Plan, such as height restrictions to preserve sightlines for the volcanic cones, could restrict the ability to redevelop or carry out activities on your property and negatively impact on the value of your property. The restrictions may also have been incorrectly imposed on your property.

The new zones, such as the mixed housing zone and the terraced housing zone, may impose lesser (or greater) controls on subdivision than the current rules. You might be delighted at the prospect of subdividing land that wasn't previously subdivisible or horrified by the prospect that your neighbour can now do this.

If you are considering developing your property in the future then there may be an opportunity to rezone the property now without going through the process of a plan change. 

Where any existing resource consents are due to expire within the next five years, you should check how the changes to the Plan affect the renewal of those consents.

If you would like to discuss how the Plan affects your property please give us a call.


Kay Keam


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