Housing supply and special housing areas

Special Housing Areas

To help combat Auckland’s housing crisis, Special Housing Areas (SHAs) are being identified across the city where fast-track development of affordable housing can take place.
The SHAs are being located in selected urban and rural areas earmarked for urban development. 

The areas of land chosen will be within the Rural Urban Boundary. The Rural Urban Boundary defines the extent of urban development in Auckland over the next 30 years.

Rural Urban Boundary (PDF 2MB)

All developments are being carried out under the Auckland Housing Accord. The council developed the accord with the government, to plug Auckland’s housing shortage. Proposals will be designed in accordance with the provisions with the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) and in collaboration with the Housing Project Office.
Based on the conversations we’ve had with developers and landowners to date, we estimate the following number of new sites and dwellings from the first three groups of Special Housing Areas could be:

Group 1 – 5500 sites or dwellings over 10 or more years, delivering an average of around 500 sites or dwellings per annum.

Group 2 – 11,500 sites or dwellings over 10 or more years, delivering an average of around 1000 sites or dwellings per annum.

Group 3 – 17,600 sites or dwellings over 10 or more years, delivering an average of around 1100 sites or dwellings per annum.

These numbers assume developers are doing what they have said they would do if they are inside an SHA. 

What role do communities play?

  • Rigorous assessment of any potential SHAs includes the following:
  • Alignment with the Auckland Plan and PAUP.
  • Feedback resulting from consultation on the PAUP and other recent planning documents.
  • Examination of the planning history of the area.
  • Analysis of infrastructure provision.
  • Local board and iwi views.

We expect to see evidence from developers that they have talked with the local community, major infrastructure providers and iwi, when planning for greenfield areas. This is to ensure that new zones take account of local aspirations. We also encourage developers to engage with local boards early in the process.

For resource consents in SHAs, an applicant is incentivised to talk with adjacent owners and infrastructure providers before an application is lodged, to enable a non-notified process and avoid hearings. Once an application is lodged, adjacent landowners may have the opportunity to have their say, but only if the council considered notification necessary. The Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013 (HASHAA) limits notification to owners of adjacent properties and infrastructure providers only. It also limits appeal rights.

To qualify as an SHA, areas will need to meet a specific set of criteria and will be assessed by the HPO for suitability - see the criteria document. If you think an area qualifies as an SHA and would like to apply for SHA status, email the Housing Project Office or contact us on 09 373 6292.

Special Housing Areas: The criteria (PDF 129KB)

SHA locations

View the Special Housing Area locations for tranche 1, 2 and 3:

Overview of Tranches 1, 2 and 3 (PDF 2.05MB)

May 2014 announcement

The following areas have been approved. More information on each area may follow as development plans are firmed up.

This overview map showing the third set of 41 SHAs. The area names below for more area specific information. 

Special Housing Area overview map (PDF 4.1MB) 


Strategic SHAs

Other SHAs

Extension of existing SHAs

In addition to the 41 new SHAs, the following existing SHAs are being extended:


Past announcements

The October 2013 overview map shows the first 11 SHAs announced:

October 2013 overview map (PDF 2.1MB) 

The December 2013 overview map showing the second lot of 11 SHAs announced:

December 2013 overview map (PDF 1.3MB)

Click on the area names for more area specific information.