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Development Strategy progress

Development Strategy Monitoring report

The annual Auckland Plan 2050 Development Strategy Monitoring Report tracks the number of building consents and code compliance certificates issued for residential dwellings (residential homes and retirement village units) across Auckland.

Since we adopted the Development Strategy in 2018, the pattern of growth and development activity continues to support the delivery of a more quality compact city.

Consented dwellings

Dwelling consents for residences like apartment units and townhouses across Auckland are increasing at a faster rate than consents for standalone (detached) houses.

This trend is mostly seen in nodes (major growth areas around a large centre) and development areas.

The nodes are:

  • City centre
  • Manukau
  • Westgate
  • Albany
  • Warkworth
  • Pukekohe.

The monitoring report shows that most housing development in Auckland is taking place in the existing urban area, and largely in 'brownfields' areas (previously developed land).

There is some growth in identified future urban areas (areas identified for urban development) and limited growth continues in rural areas.

This has been quite a consistent pattern over the last five years.

Auckland is changing and our city is now growing up instead of just out.

The number and location of completed dwellings and dwellings consented in 2022/2023 mostly follows the quality compact approach and the multi-nodal model in the Development Strategy.

The vision of a quality compact future Auckland is gradually becoming reality.

Key findings for 2022/2023

  • 17,705 dwellings were consented in 2022/2023, a decrease of 18 per cent from 2021/2022.
  • 83 per cent of these dwellings were consented in the existing urban area.
  • 11 per cent of these dwellings were consented in future urban areas.
  • 6 per cent of these dwellings were consented in rural areas.
  • Apartment units and townhouses etc. accounted for 71 per cent of all dwellings consented in 2022/2023 compared with 69 per cent in 2021/2022.
  • Standalone houses accounted for 23 per cent of all dwellings consented in 2022/2023 compared with 27 per cent in 2021/2022.
  • 4733 dwellings were consented within 1500m catchments of train stations and the Northern Busway stations. This is 20 per cent of the total dwellings consented.
  • 15,426 dwellings were issued with a Code Compliance Certificate in 2022/2023.
  • 378,846 square metres of business floor space were consented in 2022/2023 compared with 607,656 square metres in 2021/2022.
  • Most business floor space consented was in the light-industry-zoned areas.
  • 90 per cent of growth in the existing urban area was through redevelopment of existing sites (brownfields), with 10 per cent in areas not previously developed, such as Flat Bush.

Get a copy of the full Development Strategy Monitoring Report

Future Development Strategy (FDS)

We adopted the FDS in November 2023. This replaces the Development Strategy and we will reflect this in future monitoring.

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