Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan

The Unitary Plan process

Unitary Plan timeline

  • Mar-May 2013
    11-week public consultation on draft Unitary Plan
  • Sep 2013-Feb 2014
    Notification of Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan submission period
  • 11 Jun - 22 Jul 2014
    Notification of Summary of Decisions Requested report, further submissions process
  • Sep 2014-May 2016
  • 18 May 2016
    Council received 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 decisions and decisions version of plan and maps
  • 16 Sep 2016
    Appeal period closes, but not for all designation appeals
  • 30 Sep 2016
    Appeal period closes for Environment Court appeals on council designations
  • 17 Oct 2016
    Decisions on non-council designations due to be notified
  • 14 Nov 2016
    Appeal period closes for High Court appeals on non-council designations
  • 28 Nov 2016
    Appeal period closes for Environment Court non-council designations
Indicates current position in timeline.

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

The Panel provided the council with the majority of its recommendations on the designations topic on 18 May 2016. It provided the remainder of its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) on 22 July 2016. The recommendations were made available on the website on the afternoon of 27 July 2016. The office of the Panel closed on 22 July 2016 - see the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel website.

Auckland Council had 20 working days (from 22 July 2016) to consider and make decisions on the Panel's recommendations.

Read the Auckland Council 27 July 2016 Briefing to Auckland Development Committee on Independent Hearings Panel recommendations (PDF 2.0MB)

Read the IHP recommendations summarised by local board (PDF 1.1MB)

The council publicly notified its decisions at 5pm on 19 August 2016. The council's decisions and decisions version of the PAUP are available on the website from that date.

The council also notified other requiring authorities of its recommendations on their designations on 19 August 2016 (i.e. for non-council designations). They have 30 working days to notify the council of their decisions on their designations. To find out what requiring authorities are, see the Ministry for the Environment website.

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