Important notes: 

The Auckland Unitary Plan is currently in notified stage, and has reached the Council Decisions stage. Essentially this means the plan is still a ‘Work In Progress’ however we are now much closer to having the Unitary Plan being operative.  Until the Auckland Unitary Plan is Operative we would not recommend making purchases based on the zoning measures of what a property will be under the Plan as it could still change.

If you are making important decisions based on the Auckland Unitary Plan I recommend that you either talk to Town Planning at Auckland City Council and/or check the online version of the Plan to ensure that the the controls you are making a decision on are current and conduct your own due diligence investigation into the same.  You can access the online Auckland Unitary Plan Book here.

The information in this post is from the www.shapeauckland.co.nz, www.unitaryplan.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz and www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz website on October 13th 2013.  The current version of the plan has changed in parts from the below, we are awaiting for the plan to be a fomalised version to be able to update the below.   Accordingly I cannot guarantee it’s accuracy and reliability as we have not checked, audited, or reviewed the information and this may have changed from date of posting and todays date, therefore I do not accept any responsibility to any person for the accuracy of the information herein.

When you are looking at the Auckland Unitary Plan zone rules that will impact your property, it is important to check both the controls and the rules. You can see the rules for the Auckland Unitary Plan Zone Rules here.

If you are making important financial decisions based on the Auckland Unitary Plan it is highly recommended that you speak to Town Planning at Auckland City Council or a Registered Surveyor.

Below are the rules from the Unitary plan rule book for the Large Lot Zone.

NOTE: The below has been extracted from the Auckland Unitary Plan website on October 13th 2013. To ensure that the version is correct when making your decision please check the Auckland Unitary Plan Interactive Plan Book here.

 

PART 3 – REGIONAL AND DISTRICT RULES»Chapter I: Zone rules»1 Residential zones»

4. Development Controls – Large Lot zone

4.1 Development control infringements
  1. Buildings that infringe three or more of the following development controls are a discretionary activity:
    1. building height
    2. yards
    3. maximum impervious area
    4. building coverage.

4.2 Building height

Purpose: manage the height of buildings to maintain the low-rise residential character of the zone (one to two storeys).

  1. Buildings must not exceed 8m in height.

4.3 Yards

Purpose: maintain the spacious character of the zone and ensure dwellings are adequately set back from lakes, streams and the coastal edge to maintain water quality and provide protection from natural hazards.

Table 2:

Yard Minimum depth
Front 10m
Side 6m
Rear 6m
Riparian 10m from the edge of permanent and intermittent streams
Lake 30m
Coastal protection yard 25m, or as otherwise specified inappendix 6.7

4.4 Maximum impervious area

Purpose: manage the amount of stormwater runoff generated by a development.

  1. Maximum impervious area: 10 per cent.
  2. Maximum impervious area within a riparian yard: 10 per cent.

4.5 Building coverage

Purpose: maintain the spacious, landscape character of the zone.

  1. Maximum building coverage: 10 per cent or 400m², whichever is the lesser.