Some of our centres currently provide opportunities to maximise investment in infrastructure and support the quality compact approach to urban development. For example, Mt Albert has access to rail and is close to Unitec.
Maximising investment can be achieved by creating higher-density clusters of employment and housing, supported by public transport and other critical services.
These centres will be supported to develop and intensify, particularly those that have greater capacity for growth.
Growth will happen in neighbourhoods too. The Auckland Unitary Plan enables growth throughout most of Auckland's existing urban footprint, and all neighbourhoods are capable of accommodating growth to some extent.
This might be in the form of subdivision, development of previously undeveloped urban land or the redevelopment of existing buildings at higher densities. All are workable options for increasing Auckland's housing stock.
However, there are areas in Auckland that have the potential to achieve higher levels of growth than others. These are identified as
development areas. Together with
future urban areas they play an important role in Auckland's future growth.