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Te anamata o ngā whare o Tāmaki Makaurau

Auckland’s housing future

Central government has taken a stronger role in planning the growth of New Zealand’s largest cities. They have introduced new rules to increase urban density and housing choices in areas that are close to public transport, shops, jobs, schools, and parks.

What we need to do

We will need to make changes to the Auckland Unitary Plan to accommodate these new rules.

There are two significant legislative reforms that Auckland Council is required to put in place. These are:

  • National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD)
  • Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021.

See ourauckland.nz/growingtogether to find out more about what these rules mean for Auckland.

National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD)

Under this policy we are required to allow for greater housing density.

This includes:

  • buildings of six storeys or more within walkable distances to our city centre
  • buildings of six storeys or more within walkable distances to our ten large metropolitan centres and - around train stations and rapid busway stops.
  • requirements for us to enable greater heights and density rules in and next to town and local centres across Auckland.

Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021

This requires the rapidly growing cities of Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, and Christchurch to enable greater housing supply.

The Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS) are part of the Amendment Act, and these new standards allow three homes of up to three storeys high to be built on most sites without a resource consent.

Other significant changes in the act include requirements for us to enable greater heights and density rules in and next to town and local centres across Auckland.

Both the NPS-UD and the MDRS aim to achieve more intensification across our largest cities, to boost housing supply and enable more types of housing.

Have your say

You can have your say from 9am on 19 April until midnight on 9 May 2022.

Visit AK Have Your Say to find out more about this consultation and to share your feedback.

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