The hearings on the Unitary Plan have started.  Check out the website here for the Independent Hearing Panel for information on the hearings.The process is very complicated compared with traditional hearings on district plans. 
There is a lot of concern about the process and the timetable that the panel has set. Auckland 2040 has made representations to the panel on these issues, especially our concern that it is very difficult for community groups and individuals to participate effectively.

What can you do?
If you made a submission or further submission and asked to be heard, make sure you confirm with the IHP that you want to be heard for each hearing you are involved with. If you have made a submission supporting us or requesting similar changes to the Unitary Plan and would like Auckland 2040 to represent you at the hearings, please let us know by email.

Note – we are only involved in Auckland-wide issues, not specific areas. 

It is difficult to work out which hearings relate to issues you have made submissions on. To assist you with working out which hearings you need to attend, we have prepared a step-by-step guide you can find here.

We desperately need financial support to engage experts to assist us at the hearings.
Please make a donation to help us.

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.

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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 are being held by the Independent Hearing Panel (IHP) There are three main stages before the actual hearings: Pre- hearing meetings, expert conferencing, and mediation.
The aim will be to resolve as many issues as possible through expert conferencing and mediation
If you made submissions or further submissions, for each issue you submitted on, you will be sent links to a Parties and Issues Report and a Submission Pathway Report (SPP) spreadsheet. Basically the SPP lists all submission points on an issue or part of the UP. For each submitter, it recommends the way in which the Panel thinks the issue or point of submission should be considered. eg mediation, expert conferencing, consider, straight to hearing etc. “Consider” means that the submitter has not asked to be heard on their submission or further submission.

A schedule listing all the dates for pre- hearing meetings, mediation, expert conferencing, and hearings is available on the IHP website This changes frequently

You can find information on each of the stages on the fact sheets produced by the IHP here We recommend you read these