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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

Focus area 5: Better integrate land-use and transport decisions

Transport infrastructure and services are important for enabling and supporting population and housing growth in new and existing urban areas, while the location of growth affects how well the transport system performs.

Stronger integration between transport and land use decisions is required so that housing, business and employment growth occurs in areas with better travel options.

This will help reduce some of the pressure that growth places on our transport system.


Integrating land use and transport is also required at the street level. The planning and design of our streets must support quality, vibrant urban amenity and good living environments.

Designing streets and transport facilities to reflect Māori culture, through the use of Te Aranga design principles will help affirm Auckland's unique point of difference. Find out more about these principles on the Auckland Design Manual website.

As Auckland grows, competition for limited street space will increase. Auckland Transport's Roads and Streets Framework outlines an approach to providing greater priority to pedestrians and place making. It does this through:

  • the reallocation of road space
  • slower speeds
  • safer intersections
  • reduced crossing times.

See also Auckland's Transport Design Manual.

How this can be done

Better integration of land use and transport to support quality urban living will include:  

  • prioritising transport investment that supports intensification in the existing urban area, supports growth in new urban areas and improves connections between these newly developing areas and the rest of Auckland
  • encouraging housing and employment growth in areas with better transport connections. This will enable shorter commutes and reduce pressure on the transport system
  • designing and managing streets in a way that makes it easier for people to get around and enjoy the places in which they live and work, using good design to manage any trade-offs between vehicle movement and place making functions.