In keeping with our commitment to a quality compact urban form, it will be essential that Auckland's centres and neighbourhoods are strong, connected and can flourish.
Over the next 30 years there will be considerable changes right across Auckland. Ensuring that Auckland creates and retains strong, thriving and resilient centres is vital. A network of centres serves communities from regional through to local level. This network is reflected in the Auckland Unitary Plan hierarchy of centres.
Centres are at the heart of neighbourhoods and are focal points for the surrounding community. They include a mix of activities and functions, such as retail, commercial and social services, as well as housing, recreation and community facilities.
Auckland's centres are supported by a surrounding (typically residential) area that is within an easy walking distance, usually thought of as 10 minutes.