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Just before Christmas the Council released maps showing the changes in zoning it wants for residential areas all over Auckland. The maps form Council’s position for the residential zone hearings starting on 3 March. These maps include huge areas which Council wants zoned for greater intensification that were not in the proposed Unitary Plan. Even worse, many of the areas proposed for up zoning are “out of scope” changes – meaning that no one has made any submissions asking for those changes.

You can check how your area is affected here

While the legislation allows for some “out of scope” changes, Auckland 2040 believes the scale of the changes proposed breaches principles of natural justice as those affected have no rights to make a submission at this late stage in the process. Auckland 2040 has challenged the Council’s actions in writing a memorandum to the Independent Hearing Panel (see memorandum here). Unfortunately the IHP has sidestepped the issues we raised when making its response (see Direction from IHP here). In effect, this means that tens of thousands of Aucklanders have been disenfranchised by the Council’s actions and IHP’s response. They are locked out of the process.

The scale of the changes at this late stage in the process is unprecedented in New Zealand planning history and is, we believe, an abuse of the process set up for the Unitary Plan.

We have engaged legal counsel to support our case at the hearings in March/April.

If you would like to support our case you can make a deposit donation to the following account.

BNZ Takapuna 02 0272 0268983 000
Auckland 2040 Incorporated

or send a cheque to:
Auckland 2040 Incorporated, 7 Park Ave, Takapuna, Auckland 0622


Auckland 2040 is committed to ensuring that the future development of Auckland under the Auckland Unitary Plan balances the need for intensification with protecting the character of our residential areas.

We keep in touch with a large number of community and residents’ groups from all over Auckland as well as individuals who share our desire for Auckland to remain a great place to live and work. We aim to keep people informed about what is happening with the Unitary Plan and how they can have input into the process.

We have formed an alliance with the Character Coalition which represents over 60 groups concerned with heritage and character issues and are working together closely to achieve our aims.

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Auckland 2040 played a key role in getting Auckland Council to change the draft Unitary Plan so that haphazard intensification would not be able to occur in large areas of Auckland’s suburbs.

We made extensive submissions on the residential provisions of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP). We still have major concerns about the type of development that will result from the rules in the PAUP, there is real potential for some very poor developments, despite what the Council says

Click here to see Auckland 2040's full submission

Hearings on the PAUP

Hearings are being held by the Independent Hearing Panel (IHP) and started in October 2014. The IHP website has full information on the process (see the Fact Sheets) and should be checked regularly for updates to schedules. If you made a submission or further submission you will be sent an email advising you of when the various stages of the process (pre-hearing meetings, expert conferencing, mediation and hearings) will be held for the topic you made a submission on and what you need to do. All evidence for each hearing is also available on the website on the Hearings page.

Hearings on the residential zonings (by area) start on 3 March. Evidence must be sent to the IHP by 10 February. The IHP is required to report its recommendations on changes to the PAUP by 22 July 2016.