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The hearings on the residential zoning provisions of the PAUP (Topics 059-063) start on 14 October. Auckland 2040 is being heard on 16 October, straight after the Auckland Council finishes its case.

Auckland 2040 has been instrumental in achieving agreement between a number of key submitters on a range of residential controls. In return for more relaxed density controls we have secured tighter bulk and location controls. We believe the key to maintaining neighbourhood character is more prescriptive controls on coverage, height and height in relation to boundary. See Here for a copy of Auckland 2040’s evidence to the IHP for Topics 059-063. 

A major issue of concern that remains is the Council’s proposal to change the purpose of the Single House zone which would inevitably have major consequences for a range of suburbs such as Mt Eden, Herne Bay, Mt Albert, Remuera and Cockle Bay. If it goes ahead these areas would likely be zoned Mixed Housing Suburban.

We have engaged legal and planning expertise to help with these hearings.

Hearings on zoning

Hearings on specific zones will take place in January and February. If you put in submissions supporting or opposing zoning in particular areas you need to make sure you ask to be heard. There are submissions asking for very large areas to be zoned for more intensive residential development

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

Click here for the Summary of Decisions Requested on the Proposed Plan

Auckland 2040 has made further submissions against the big developers and others who have asked for further significant relaxation of the rules for residential development.

The report on Further Submissions is available here

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 will continue all of this year and into 2016. The IHP is required to report its recommendations on changes to the PAUP by 22 July 2016.