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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

Direction 1: Develop a quality compact urban form to accommodate Auckland’s growth

​Ara 1: Ki te hanga i tētahi whakaritenga kounga, tikanga tāone hei āwhina i te whanaketanga o Tāmaki Makaurau

​Auckland's population will increase significantly over the next 30 years and its urban form will continue to develop and change as a result.

Auckland will follow a quality compact urban form approach to growth to realise the environmental, social and economic benefits and opportunities this approach brings.

A sketch showing a vibrant Auckland with homes and community spaces for all.


The Development Strategy sets out what this means.

Some of the benefits of this approach are that it:

  • allows opportunities for more intensive living and working environments, and for more housing to be built around areas of activity and close to good transport options
  • improves the efficiency of the substantial investment required in infrastructure – such as transport and wastewater – and other services. This also results in the best asset management and infrastructure provision
  • means lower travel costs for people and businesses and increased economic agglomeration benefits
  • helps to protect our natural environment and maintain Auckland's rural productivity by limiting urban sprawl.

A quality compact approach to future development will be achieved by:

  • enabling sufficient capacity for growth across Auckland
  • embedding good design in all developments and new housing
  • sequencing and prioritising what gets delivered
  • leveraging existing infrastructure investments
  • aligning the timing of infrastructure provision with development.

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