Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan

About the proposed unitary plan

Submissions on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan ran from 30 September 2013 to 28 February 2014. For more information about what happens next, see further submissions.

Like all successful cities across the world, Auckland is growing. This growth brings challenges, as well as opportunities, as we work towards our vision of becoming the world’s most liveable city.

The Auckland Unitary Plan will ensure that Auckland can meet its economic and housing growth needs and help its centres meet their real potential, while protecting and enhancing what already makes the region great. For more on the role of the unitary plan in supporting economic growth, download our report, shaping a business-friendly city (PDF 4MB).

The unitary plan will determine:

  • what can be built and where 
  • how to create a higher quality and more compact Auckland 
  • how to provide for rural activities 
  • how to maintain the marine environment.

It replaces the existing Regional Policy Statement and 13 existing district and regional plans. This is the next step in bringing Auckland together and delivering the vision of the Auckland Plan. Find out now which rules already apply.

For more on the plan's development and what it means for you and your neighbourhood, you can read the overview of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PDF 2.4MB).

The overview is also available in the following languages:

Accessing the proposed plan

The proposed Auckland Unitary Plan is available online. See using the E-plan for guidance.

If you're using screen reader software, the print version includes HTML that is more compatible with these systems.

Copies of the plan are also available at our libraries, service centres and local board offices across Auckland, along with a range of guidance material, factsheets, and instructions on how to make a submission.

Some libraries are offering more in-depth assistance for people who need help accessing the proposed plan. Contact your local library to find out if they will be offering one-on-one assistance.

Hearings panel

Eight board members have been appointed to the Auckland Unitary Plan hearings panel by Environment Minister Amy Adams and Conservation Minister Nick Smith.

The panel members are:

  • David Kirkpatrick (chair)
  • Des Morrison
  • Janet Crawford
  • Paula Hunter
  • John Kirikiri
  • Stuart Shepherd
  • Greg Hill
  • Peter Fuller

For further background on the panel members, view the press release.

For more information you can contact us on 09 301 0101 or email the Unitary Plan team.