27 July 2016
Property Council congratulates the Independent Hearings Panel on delivering a set of forward thinking Unitary Plan
recommendations that sets a clear and considered path for Auckland to follow as it transforms into the world’s most
However, as Property Council Auckland Branch President, Phil Eaton points out, these well considered recommendations
have a long way to go, “we now wait with baited breath to see whether councillors will make the hard political decisions
and accept the recommendations as proposed”.
“Proposed zoning and rule changes will enable substantial transformation of existing communities. Some will view the
changes negatively, many will be positive about the opportunities it creates for them. This is about building a city
that is inclusive. To be inclusive we need to deliver many diverse housing typologies in places where people want to
It’s important to remember that cities are organic and in a constant state of flux, we need councillors to think not
about now, but how Auckland will develop and evolve in the future. The very consultative and robust approach the panel
have taken provides this direction”.
“On the face of it, if these recommendations are accepted, they will go a long way to achieving the housing density
Auckland desperately needs. It is extremely positive to see greater zoning for townhouses, apartments and
The Panel’s focus on providing feasible development capacity for residential housing is a substantial win for Property
Council and its members. “For nearly four years we have consistently advocated that the previous versions of the Unitary
Plan did not provide the feasible development capacity for housing that Auckland desperately need. We see the identified
housing capacity of 422,000 as a substantial advocacy win. The Panel has clearly listened to us and our members”.
Mr Eaton adds that “the Panel also clearly understands the need to provide housing density around town centres and the
public transport network. Providing access to housing, jobs and amenities is crucial to the future economic and social
prosperity of Auckland”.
“Auckland also needs to grow out as well as up. We are living with the failure of the old Auckland Regional Council to
move the urban growth boundary out. Through this inaction, they choked land supply, which has contributed to the
skyrocketing cost of land.
Property Council is pleased to see that the urban growth boundary will be flexible and fluid in that it will be able to
be relocated by way of a plan change. Mr Eaton argues that “it’s a positive to see new developments can occur outside
the existing boundaries, Auckland needs this flexible approach to meet the challenges of the existing housing supply
shortage. On top of this they have recommended the rezoning of another 1,000ha of land as urban and acknowledged the
importance of infrastructure in providing housing supply”
“Today is a huge win for those who believe in an Auckland that caters for its current AND future residents. Not only
Aucklanders, but all of New Zealand needs an Auckland that will grow in a dynamic and positive way. The Panel’s
recommendations are a huge step forward in making this a reality”.