Zoning changes imminent
The Government recently issued a National Policy Statement - Urban Density (NPS-UD) which requires that Councils change their planning rules to allow what they said was the development of up to 3 dwellings of up to 3 storeys on virtually every site in all major cities in new Zealand without any resource consent or input from affected residents or the Council.
Auckland Council is now proposing changes to the Unitary Plan to accommodate this.
They are asking for feedback from the public on their proposed changes by midnight on Monday 9 May 2022.
These changes completely change the character of our suburbs, and so we encourage you to make a submission.
It is very easy; just click here.
We have provided further information to help you understand the issues, and to respond.
Link to planning maps online viewer
Our presentation to Council 6 May 2022
Guide to filling out the feedback form
You can see the proposed changes in the maps above. The tan areas that almost completely cover the proposed map are a modified version of the Mixed Housing Urban zone. This allows for unlimited numbers of apartments of up to 4 storeys (12m high) to be built as of right, with no resource consents required, no input from neighbours, and no input from the Council.
The lower map shows the existing zones, where the dominant zones are mixed housing suburban or single house zones shown in yellow. These zones allow for houses of 1-2 storeys.
The contrast is huge. This will fundamentally change the character of all suburbs across Auckland from a predominantly house streetscape to an apartment block streetscape. While additional intensification may be good in some places, the Government is eliminating any choice to retain any traditional suburbs anywhere.
Don Stock, Chair of Mission Bay Kohimarama Residents Association