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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

Direction 2: Accelerate the construction of homes that meet Aucklanders’ changing needs and preferences

​Auckland must make a significant change in its ability to meet housing demand. Our population is increasing at a fast rate, and our housing needs will continue to change.

There are currently about 540,000 dwellings in Auckland. These are made up of stand-alone houses, terraced housing and an increasing number of apartments.

At today's rates of population growth and household occupancy, Auckland will likely require another 320,000 dwellings to be built by 2050.

Current levels of construction fall well below demand and a substantial change in how new housing is delivered is needed. This is particularly important given that much of what is built is at the higher priced end of the market.

 Photograph of the Rose Garden apartment blocks under construction from above.

Not only do we need more housing to be built, we must also ensure that a range of housing types and sizes are built across the region. Around three quarters of our housing stock are stand-alone dwellings, which are dispersed throughout Auckland.

We need a broader mix of housing types and need to build more apartments and townhouses, of different sizes and at different price points.

This will reflect the fact that Aucklanders' lifestyles and housing preferences are changing. For example, there has been positive take-up of terraced housing and apartments that are close to transport corridors and nodes in recent years.

Our housing must also be well-designed and constructed, and delivered at affordable prices.

The Auckland Unitary Plan enables sufficient capacity to meet the demand for additional dwellings over the long-term. However, this feasible development capacity must be turned into actual homes, at an accelerated rate.

Delivering the number of well-constructed and affordable homes that Aucklanders need is a significant challenge and can only be overcome through concerted effort.

Local and central government, the development, design and construction industries, and the financial sector, need to work together to find smart and practical ways to remove barriers and bottlenecks.