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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

The Auckland Plan explained

The Auckland Plan is our long-term spatial plan to ensure Auckland grows in a way that will meet the opportunities and challenges of the future.

​It outlines the big issues facing Auckland and recommends the way in which Aucklanders and others involved in the future of Auckland can best respond to them.

The Development Strategy and six outcomes look ahead to 2050.

They consider how we will address the key challenges of high population growth and environmental degradation, and how we can ensure shared prosperity for all Aucklanders.

This is a draft plan. We would like to hear what you think about it, so that we can improve and finalise the plan.

The Auckland Plan is required by legislation. Read about the Local Government (Auckland Council) Amendment Act 2010 on the New Zealand Legislation website.

The first Auckland Plan and why we are revising it

The first Auckland Plan, produced in 2012, was a landmark document covering every aspect of Auckland life and economy. It was accompanied by a highly detailed series of objectives and targets, and progress has been made towards achieving them.

One of its provisions was that it would be reviewed after six years.

Our fast-changing world means that the 2012 plan can no longer provide the necessary direction for decision-making.

This draft plan is a much more streamlined spatial plan, with a simple structure and clear links between outcomes, directions and measures. It shows how Auckland is expected to grow and change during the next 30 years.

The Auckland Plan is a plan for Auckland. During 2017 we worked with stakeholders and partners to test the assumptions, issues, and directions in this draft plan. There have been two phases of engagement. The first focused on Auckland's future opportunities and challenges, and the second on how the direction in the Auckland Plan could address them.

It is important that Auckland Council and central government work together to ensure Auckland grows in a way that meets the opportunities and challenges of the future. Discussions will continue during this consultation period and the results will be considered as part of finalising the plan.

The terms 'we', 'us' and 'our' used in this plan refer to Auckland and Aucklanders. Specific organisations or agencies are identified by name.

The evidence report ‘Developing the Auckland Plan’ provides further information on the process undertaken to develop the draft plan and how the issues identified with the current plan have been addressed.

What is in the Auckland Plan?

The Auckland Plan describes Auckland in general terms, outlines the major challenges that we face, and sets the direction for tackling these challenges. It sets out the values that will shape how we work together, and it identifies key organisations that will play important roles in creating our shared future.

The plan reflects knowledge and experience gained since the first Auckland Plan was released. It also uses the latest available statistical information and research to inform us of the realities of life in Auckland. 


Our research and engagement has identified six important areas in which we must make significant progress, so that Auckland can continue to be a place where people want to live, work and visit. 

For each area the plan describes the desired outcome, why it is important for Auckland's future and what we need to focus on to bring about change.

Belonging and participation

 All Aucklanders will be part of and contribute to society, access opportunities, and have the chance to develop to their full potential.

Read more about the Belonging and participation outcome.


Māori identity and wellbeing

A thriving Māori identity is Auckland's point of difference in the world that advances prosperity for Māori and benefits all Aucklanders.

Read more about the Māori identity and wellbeing outcome.


Homes and places

Aucklanders live in secure, healthy, and affordable homes, and have access to a range of inclusive public places.

Read more about the Homes and places outcome.


Transport and access

Aucklanders will be more easily able to get to where they want to go, and will have choices about how they get around.

Read more about the Transport and access outcome.


Environment and cultural heritage

Aucklanders preserve, protect and care for the natural environment as our shared cultural heritage for its intrinsic value, and for the benefit of present and future generations.

Read more about the Environment and cultural heritage outcome.


Opportunity and prosperity

Auckland is prosperous with many opportunities and delivers a better standard of living for everyone.

Read more about the Opportunity and prosperity outcome


Development Strategy

The Development Strategy shows how Auckland will physically grow and change over the next 30 years. It takes account of the outcomes we want to achieve, as well as population growth projections and planning rules in the Auckland Unitary Plan.

It provides:

  • a pathway for Auckland's future physical development
  • a framework to prioritise and coordinate the required supporting infrastructure.

Thinking about possible futures

The future is not certain and the further out we try to project or predict, the less certain it becomes. It is really important that we remain open to a range of possible technological, economic and social changes.

This series of short descriptions pose possible futures for Auckland.

They are not predictions, they are merely ideas of what a future Auckland might be like.

The scenarios are:

  • Living with nature
  • Safe haven
  • The people's network
  • Whose food bowl?
  • Two speed Auckland.
    This scenario is somewhat different from the others in that it describes a negative possible future if the outcomes and directions of the Auckland Plan are not achieved.

Implementation approach

The implementation section shows that the investment and actions of many people will be required to deliver the Auckland Plan. It identifies the range of partners needed for successful implementation and their roles, and the methods that will be used to work together and align collaborative efforts.

Measuring progress

This section provides information on how we will monitor and measure progress.

It is recognised that all parts of the plan are inter-dependent. In order to make meaningful change we must make substantial progress towards achieving all outcomes.

We must also use the Development Strategy to coordinate and align land use with infrastructure planning and provision, to match Auckland's projected growth.


Some terms used may not be familiar to all readers so we have provided a glossary of definitions.

Hover over a word included in the glossary and a definition will appear.