Some big developers have made submissions asking for much more relaxed rules for housing than even the draft Unitary Plan allowed for – for example, 3 storeys in all residential areas zoned Mixed Housing Suburban, large extensions of the Terrace Housing and Apartment zoning, major reductions in the Single House zone and worse.

We need to fight this otherwise everything we have achieved so far could be lost and over 70% of our residential areas could be open to 3 storey development.

Auckland 2040 is fighting these submissions

 What can you do?

  • Make a further submission supporting Auckland 2040’s submission. Numbers do count.
  • A draft  further submission form for you to complete can be found here. 
  • If you prefer to make a further submission online, you can do so here. 
  • Please make sure you ask to be heard and send a copy to

We also need financial support to run our campaign. If you can donate please make a deposit to the following account.

BNZ Takapuna 02 0272 0268983 000
Auckland 2040 Incorporated 

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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 the 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 have made extensive submissions on the residential provisions of the Proposed Unitary Plan (PUP). Submissions closed on 28 February. We still have major concerns about the type of development that will result from the rules in the Proposed Plan, particularly since, under the proposed rules, design requirements will apply to very few residential developments in this zone. With the increase in the bulk of the buildings and coverage allowed under the proposed rules, there is real potential for some very poor developments.

Click here to read a summary of our submission

Click here for more detail, read our full submission



The Council has released a summary of submissions received on the proposed Unitary Plan. A link to this is here

You can now make further submissions in support of, or opposing those submissions. These have to be sent into Council by 22 July. The easiest way to do this is by supporting Auckland 2040’s submission, details are on the right of this page.