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City Centre Masterplan refresh

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About the City Centre Masterplan refresh

We want your feedback on the future planning of Auckland's city centre.

The City Centre Masterplan and The Waterfront Plan are being refreshed and combined as part of its six-yearly upgrade.

The City Centre Masterplan is a high-level, non-statutory document that supports the Auckland Plan 2050 and Auckland Unitary Plan.

Together with the Waitematā Local Board Plan, these documents provide the overall vision that sets the direction for Auckland's city centre.

Your feedback will help shape the development of the refreshed City Centre Masterplan.

When you can have your say

You can have your say from 9 September to 18 October 2019.

We want your feedback on the future planning of Auckland's city centre. The City Centre Masterplan and the Waterfront Plan are being refreshed and combined to better reflect the city's unprecedented growth.

The City Centre Masterplan refresh is a high-level, non-statutory document that supports the Auckland Plan 2050 and Auckland Unitary Plan

Together with the Waitematā Local Board Plan, these documents provide the overall vision that sets the direction for Auckland's city centre. 

The City Centre Masterplan was originally adopted in 2012, setting out a 20-year vision for the heart of the city and provides a blueprint for future development.

Have your say on the City Centre Masterplan refresh

Open for consultation from 9 September to 18 October, 2019

Your feedback will help shape the development of the refreshed City Centre Masterplan.

We'd particularly like to hear your thoughts on:

Find out how to have your say on the Ways to have your say page.

Why we need a masterplan

Auckland's city centre has changed dramatically over the past 10 to 15 years. This is a result of significant public and private investment in infrastructure and development projects.

Since 2012:

  • the resident population has increased from 24,000 to over 55,000
  • the number of daily workers has jumped from 90,000 to over 120,000
  • every day over 200,000 people visit the city centre
  • an estimated 20 per cent of Auckland's gross domestic product is now generated from the city centre alone.

Auckland continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Right now there is $73 billion of commercial construction across the region, and more than 150 major development projects either in progress or in the pipeline.

We need to continue to transform the city centre so we can provide a cultural and economic heart for Auckland. This will help it become a great place to live, work and play.

The City Centre Masterplan refresh provides the blueprint for this transformation.

City Centre Masterplan refresh vision

The City Centre Masterplan refresh presents a vision of a city centre that is:

  • more family-friendly
  • more pedestrian-friendly
  • more environmentally-friendly.

The city centre will be a place we are all proud of, feel excited about visiting, where we can do business and be entertained.

What has been done so far

The original City Centre Masterplan and Waterfront Plan were adopted in 2012. We need to keep them up-to-date and relevant in line with other high-level documents.

The City Centre Masterplan refresh looks to build on the 2012 plans taking them online and combining them to:

  • showcase progress
  • reconfirm strategic direction
  • highlight specific new initiatives and projects – most notably Access for Everyone.

What happens next

After the consultation period:

  • we'll use your feedback to help shape the direction and content of the refreshed City Centre Masterplan
  • the refreshed City Centre Masterplan will go to the Planning Committee for adoption in February 2020.
  • the refreshed City Centre Masterplan will help to inform future planning and council budgets to deliver on these aspirations for our city centre.

This consultation closed on 18 October 2019. Thank you for having your say.

We received 542 submissions from individuals, businesses, organisations and stakeholders.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted on this important topic.

What the feedback told us

  • Respondents overwhelmingly support Auckland Council's vision for a liveable, green and accessible city centre.
  • A large majority (76 per cent of respondents) are in support of the general direction of the CCMP with Access for Everyone receiving 82 per cent support.

General feedback themes

  • Overall, over three quarters (76 per cent) of participants supported the general direction proposed by the CCMP, while 10 per cent did not support it.
  • The most frequently mentioned comment in support of the plan was that it would create greater pedestrian friendliness in the city centre.
  • This view was further emphasised by the 90 per cent support for outcome 2: Accessible City Centre and 82 per cent support for Access for Everyone (A4E) – which was listed by some as a key reason for supporting the CCMP.
  • The plan's environmental focus was also well-received, with participants supporting moves to make the city centre a more human-focused and environmentally friendly space.
  • The need to improve Auckland's public transport was also consistently mentioned , and many felt this would be essential to deliver the CCMP's goals.
  • Transformational move 5: Rapid Transit Oriented Development received the highest support of all the proposed moves (86 per cent).
  • Among those who did not support the CCMP, the main reasons were a general dislike of the direction or potential costs of the proposals, a desire to focus on other areas of Auckland rather than the city centre, and a sense that the plan under-emphasised access for cars and drivers in the city centre.

The CCMP's ten outcomes:

  • All proposed outcomes were supported by at least two-thirds of participants.
  • Support was highest for Accessible City Centre (90 per cent), Green City Centre (88 per cent) and Liveable City Centre (87 per cent).

The CCMP's eight transformational moves:

  • All transformational moves were supported by a majority (over half) or more of participants.
  • Support was highest for move 5 (Rapid Transit Oriented Development, 86 per cent), move 6 (Green Link, 86 per cent), move 3 (Waihorotiu Queen Street Valley, 84 per cent) and move 7 (City to the Villages, 84 per cent).

Access for Everyone:

  • Access for Everyone was supported by 82 per cent of participants. This was considered by many critical for Auckland's future, and should be an urgent priority.
  • Some (13 per cent) expressed frustration that this plan had seemingly been so long in the making.
  • Some (4 per cent) however felt that 'everyone' needed to include car drivers.

What happens next

  • We are now editing the City Centre Masterplan (CCMP) to reflect feedback and, where appropriate, incorporate ideas and suggestions
  • These changes will be presented to the council's Planning Committee in March 2020
  • The refreshed CCMP will provide the high-level vision for Auckland city centre for the next 20 years, shaping projects, programmes and place-shaping initiatives.

Get a copy of the feedback summary