The Unitary Plan is the new overall planning document for the Auckland region. It replaces the district plans of the eight old Auckland councils, and work started on it shortly after the super city was created in 2010.
It will be the rule book for all kinds of things including zoning, heritage protection, the metropolitan urban limit, the port, and protecting view shafts.
The Unitary Plan is the result of five years of work, 249 days of hearings and 1.5 million submission points.
It will be the blueprint for Auckland development, offering the definitive word on controversial topics such as whether the city should upzone its central suburbs to allow for more intensive housing, or extend the urban limit.
It replaces the district plans of the eight legacy Auckland councils, removing inconsistencies and providing a global planning framework for the merged super city.
Auckland is growing at a rapid rate which the current demand for housing far exceeds the supply currently available to house the numbers of people choosing to make Auckland home.
It is said Auckland will need 400,000 more homes in the next 30 years according to the Independent Hearings Panel, which has produced the plan. This plan has been produced and is now in action to essentially create more land by changing the use and zonings of homes throughout Auckland in terms of what can be built on land. In most cases it greatly changes what you can do with your land and allows a greater intensity of dwellings per site.
There should be 22 per cent fewer city sections zoned for just a single house, and 25 per cent more zoned for higher density apartments and townhouses, the panel has said.
It has largely upheld the councils vision of a compact urban centre that develops up rather than out.
It has recommended retaining the Rural Urban Boundary limiting expansion on the city fringes, but extending it by 30 per cent and changing the rules so that individual landowners can apply to shift it.
However it also allows for development in new towns and villages outside the Rural Urban Boundary, and for more land zoned Future Urban. It says 60-70 per cent of development should be within the metropolitan urban limits, and around town centres and transport hubs.
Getting your head around the Unitary Plan and what it means for you and your property can be a somewhat tricky task as there is a lot of details and information to take in and consider, as all properties are different, the Unitary Plan means different things for each property.
This information has been produced to help you get a rough understanding of the Auckland Unitary plan by explaining what the new zonings are and what kinds of development opportunities that means for each of those zonings.
For a more comprehensive understanding of the UP it is recommended you talk to your agent at Harcourts JK Realty about what can be done to your own property under the new UP and what that could mean for you in terms of the value of your home, now and in the future.
Zonings - A quick overview of the new zonings
There are many new zonings under the new Unitary Plan, there are 5 key zonings that will affect residential properties within the Central Auckland area.
These zonings are known as the following:
A Large Lot Zone is essentially a large property on the periphery of urban areas. They are typically much larger properties than a standard size property you would find in an a built up suburb. Properties with this zoning are attributed to having a large spacious landscape where natural features and landscape qualities are maintained and in keeping with the properties around it.
Properties with this zoning are more commonly public parks and green spaces at present with potential to be developed in the future as residential developments.
A property within the Single House Zone are typically those within a well established residential neighborhoods based on particular amenity values. The factors that can be properties of special character, large spacious sites, coastal settings. Dwellings are typically 1 to 2 storeys in height.
Many older established suburbs in Auckland have a larger amount of Single House Zone properties, such as Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Mt Albert, Remuera, Mt Eden, Epsom and Howick.
What can you do in this type of zone?
There are many things you can do within this zone but is currently not a zone that can be used as a multi development area.
Mixed Housing Suburban is now the most common house zone covering much of the Auckland area. The zone enables the intensification of the area while retaining the suburban built character.
The zone is set to be typically 2 story detached and attached dwellings in a variety of types and sizes to provide different housing choices.
Mixed Housing Urban is one of the more common house zones covering much of the Auckland area and is a step above Mixed Housing Suburban in terms of building height and density.
The zone enables the intensification of the area while retaining the suburban built character.
The zone is set to be predominantly 3 story attached dwellings (Townhouses) in a variety of types and sizes to provide different housing choices.
Terrace Housing and Apartment Building Zone will be more commonly seen around arterial routes, town centres, metropolitan areas and the public transport network throughout the Auckland area and is the zone with the highest building intensity.
The zone enables a great amount of intensification of the area and will be the zone where there will be a high degree of visual change. The zone is set to be predominantly apartments and terrace housing in a variety of types and sizes to provide different housing choices.The purpose of this zone is to is to make efficient use of land and infrastructure, to increase capacity of housing so residents have convenient access to services such as employment, education, retail, entertainment, transport and public open spaces.
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