Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan

The Unitary Plan process

Unitary Plan timeline

  • March-May 2013
    11-week public consultation on draft Unitary Plan
  • Sept 2013-Feb 2014
    Notification of Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan submission period
  • 11-22 Jun 2014
    Notification of Summary of Decisions Requested report, further submissions process
  • Sep 2014-May 2016
  • 18 May 2016
    Council receives recommendations on designations from Independent Hearings Panel
  • 22 Jul 2016
    Council received all remaining recommendations from Independent Hearings Panel
  • 19 Aug 2016
    Notification of Auckland Council Decision version
  • 16 Sep 2016
    Appeal period to plan closes
Indicates current position in timeline.

The Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel (the Panel) completed hearings on 13 May 2016.

The Panel provided its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) to Auckland Council on 22 July 2016. The recommendations were made available on the website on the afternoon of 27 July 2016.

Auckland Council has 20 working days (from 22 July 2016) to consider the Panel's recommendations and decide whether to accept them in part or in full, or reject them.

The council must publicly notify its decision by 19 August 2016. The decision will be available on the website from that date.

One extension of 20 working days can be granted if the council asks for and gets permission from the Minister for the Environment.

Panel recommendations

The Panel's recommendations will include:

  • an overview report on each hearing topic summarising the recommended changes made to the PAUP
  • reports on individual hearing topics providing recommendations and the reasons for them
  • the recommended plan, comprising the Panel's recommended text and maps.

You can read Auckland Council's Briefing to Auckland Development Committee on Independent Hearings Panel recommendations (PDF 2.0MB)

Auckland Council's decisions

Under the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010 Auckland Council can only take into account the Panel’s final report and recommendations. Submissions or other evidence that was not put before the hearings must not be considered.

The council’s decisions will be made in public council meetings and will be available to watch on the Auckland Council's live streaming service.

If the council rejects a recommendation it must:

  • explain why
  • provide an alternative solution from within the scope of submissions made on the PAUP
  • provide a cost benefit analysis.

The council can accept a recommendation outside the scope of public submissions but only where it is recommended by the Panel.

There are rights of appeal for people to the Environment Court but these are only on limited grounds.

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