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How we will implement the development strategy

Implementation partners

In implementing the development strategy, Auckland Council has important regulatory, policy and facilitation roles. The council is also a provider of key infrastructure; stormwater, community facilities, parks and open space.

Water, wastewater and local transport infrastructure is planned for and delivered by two council controlled organisations: Watercare and Auckland Transport.

The council works in partnership with central government agencies to implement infrastructure and plan for growth. The New Zealand Transport Agency, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health are the principal agencies involved. Cross boundary issues also mean that it will be important to work with adjoining councils.

Auckland Council also works with telecommunications providers, energy providers and other network utility operators that are planning for growth. These include Transpower, Vector and Spark.

In some areas Auckland Council also works with social and community housing providers and development agencies.


Mechanisms used to work together

Projects require clear roles and responsibilities to achieve effective outcomes.

Sequencing of development in locations where significant growth is anticipated over the next 30 years allows stakeholders to co-ordinate efforts. It also ensures value for money and assists investment decisions, through processes such as long-term planning.

Sequencing provides a level of certainty, particularly for infrastructure providers, as to where and when capacity may be required. This recognises that providing bulk infrastructure requires long lead in times to plan, design, and build.

Monitoring is a critical component of implementing the strategy, in order to understand the location and scale of growth over time and how this aligns with what the strategy anticipates. Monitoring will inform changes to nodes, development areas and future urban areas if needed. It will also inform subsequent adjustments to the future planning and funding decisions of providers, including Auckland Council.

The scale and complexity of these areas means that aligning land use planning and infrastructure provision is essential to delivering good outcomes.

In existing urban areas specific interventions will be required in development areas as they grow. Each development area will be different and will experience growth at varying rates and at different times. The investment required in these areas will focus on addressing the impacts of increased demand on infrastructure and services as development occurs. Interventions may range from regulatory changes and infrastructure investment to public realm improvements and redevelopment of council-owned assets.

In future urban areas structure planning will be undertaken to refine land use patterns, staging and required infrastructure specific to each place. Find out more about structure planning.

Auckland will progressively move toward managing demand on network infrastructure more effectively. Managing demand enables better use of existing infrastructure and reduces or defers council spend on new infrastructure to cater for growth.


Supporting strategies and plans

  • Auckland Unitary Plan – This plan sets out the planning rules for Auckland and creates adequate capacity for jobs and homes over the next 30 years.

  • Infrastructure Strategy – This strategy sets out Auckland's infrastructure challenges and responses. See the 30-year Infrastructure Strategy (PDF 4.3MB)

  • Future Urban Land Supply Strategy – This strategy sets out the timing and sequencing of future urban areas for urban development over the next 30 years. See the Future Urban Land Supply Strategy (PDF 3.98MB)

How to get involved

  • The Auckland Design Manual website provides a guide to the design and development process and shows how to deliver quality projects within the built environment.

  • The Roads and Streets Framework provides guidance on appropriately balancing the place and movement functions of road and street design.

  • Auckland Council provides opportunities to find out more information, give feedback on different topics, consultations, projects, plan changes and structure plans. Find out more on how to Have your say.

Supporting information

The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity requires Auckland Council to develop a Future Development Strategy. This requirement is satisfied by the Auckland Plan Development Strategy.