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PC 26: Clarifying the relationship between the Special Character Areas Overlay and the underlying zone provisions

The Special Character Areas Overlay helps manage the special character of some areas in Auckland. The Auckland Unitary Plan also zones land to manage how it is used, developed or protected, including the residential zones.

The proposed plan change seeks changes to the Auckland Unitary Plan to make it clear that certain planning provisions of the Special Character Areas Overlay would prevail over the corresponding provisions of the underlying residential zones.

The proposed plan change also refines some of the standards within the Special Character Areas Overlay, including height in relation to boundary, yards, paved areas and fences.

The intention of the proposed plan change is to provide clarity for property owners, developers and design / development professionals about how the Auckland Unitary Plan will be applied when decisions are made about activities that take place on properties within the Special Character Areas Overlay.

Overview and simplified explanation of Plan Change 26 (PDF 125KB)



Notified on 30 May 2019.

Submissions closed on 12 July 2019.

Summary of decision requested notified on 5 September 2019.

Further Submissions close 19 September 2019.


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Attn: Planning Technician

  Auckland Council

  Level 24, 135 Albert Street

  Private Bag 92300

  Auckland 1142


Notification of Summary of Decisions Requested

Plan change documentation