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.   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.

The Auckland Unitary Plan discussions are well underway now.  This is some of the biggest changes that we have seen to Auckland Regional town planning for a number of years, and may not see another change this significant for many more years to come.

Some of the biggest changes that will have an impact on the residential Real Estate market in Auckland are changes to zoning measures, particularly the intensification in some areas (subdivision and building height) and the ability to convert a single dwelling property into two dwellings.

Some properties are not really effecting by the zoning changes at all, for others there will be quite an impact – positive and/or negative.

Under the current proposed plan there are 6 main Residential zones that impact housing.  You can find out which zone you are in by clicking on the link here for Auckland Unitary Plan website and entering your address.  This will show you what zone your property is in and what rules apply for your property in detail.

Auckland Unitary Plan, Residential Zones

A full list of all zones can be found in the legend on the interactive maps, or here.

Details on the zones and what is allowed can be found in the Auckland Unitary Plan Interactive Plan Book here.  There is also short factsheets for each zone from Auckland City Council website here, or in more detail on the links below:

Terraced Housing and Apartment Zone

Click here for the key facts PDF sheet, or click here for the Terraced and Apartment zone rules in detail.

Mixed Housing Urban Zone

Click here for the key facts PDF sheet, or click here for the Mixed Housing Urban zone rules in detail.

Mixed Housing Suburban Zone

Click here for the key facts PDF sheet, or click here for the Mixed Housing Suburban zone rules in detail.

Single House Zone

Click here for the key facts PDF sheet, or click here for the Single House zone rules in detail.

Large Lot Residental Zone

Click here for the key facts PDF sheet, or click here for the Large Lot zone rules in detail.

Rural & Coastal Settlement Zone

Click here for the key facts PDF sheet, or click here for the Rural and Coastal Settlement zone rules in detail.

If you would like to have a discussion on how the proposed plan would effect your property from a Real Estate value perspective please give me a call to set up  a time for a discussion.  You can reach me on direct dial – 09 481 0648.