Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan

The Unitary Plan process

The process so far

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 needs and help its centres meet their real potential, while protecting and enhancing what Aucklanders treasure most.

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.

The Unitary Plan process involved Auckland's most extensive public notification period. The proposed plan was open for submission from 30 September 2013 to 28 February 2014.

Each unique request, and the details of who made it, was collated into the Summary of Decisions Requested (SDR) report. This report is the largest of its kind since the Resource Management Act came into effect in 1991.

People had an opportunity to either support or oppose submitters' requests for changes by making a further submission from 11 June to 22 July 2014.

What happens next

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

The Panel will provide its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan to Auckland Council no later than 22 July 2016. The recommendations will be available on the website on the afternoon of 27 July 2016.

Auckland Council's Governing Body will 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.

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
  • Jul 2016
    Independent Hearings Panel Recommendations report to the council
  • 19 Aug 2016
    Notification of Auckland Council Decision version
  • 16 Sep 2016
    Appeal period to plan closes
Indicates current position in timeline.

Accessing the proposed plan

The Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan is available online. See viewing the 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 further submission.


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

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