AUCKLAND UNITARY PLAN

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Would you like to know if your site has subdivision potential?

Would you like to know if your site could accomodate additional houses?

Could your site accomodate a minor dwelling?

Do you want to know more about the consenting process and associated costs?

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SINGLE HOUSE ZONE

The purpose of the single house zone is to maintain and enhance the amenity values of established residential neighbourhoods.

If you want to create a new lot, under the Auckland Unitary Plan, each site in this zone needs to be a minimum of 600 square metres.

Only one house is anticipated on each site.

Minor dwellings (which are secondary to a main dwelling on the site) are provided for. If you want to separate the minor dwelling from the main house so it sits on its own site, you will need to meet the required 600 square metres site area, for both the main dwelling and minor dwelling.

MIXED HOUSING URBAN ZONE

This zone has a higher intensity of building, and allows for houses of up to three stories.


If you want to create a vacant new lot, under the Auckland Unitary Plan, each site in this zone needs to be a minimum of 300 square metres.

You should expect that a comprehensive land use led consent would be required to determine the specific detail of any higher density development on the site before subdivision would be approved.

MIXED HOUSING SUBURBAN ZONE

This is the most widespread residential zone, and covers many established suburbs and some greenfield areas.

Buildings in this zone are usually one or two storey, mainly stand-alone, and are set back from site boundaries with landscaped gardens.

If you want to create a new vacant lot, under the Auckland Unitary Plan, each site in this zone needs to be a minimum of 400 square metres.

You should expect that a comprehensive land use led consent would be required to determine the specific detail of any higher density development on the site before subdivision would be approved.

TERRACE HOUSING AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS ZONE

This is a high-intensity zone enabling a greater intensity of development. This zone provides for urban residential living in the form of terrace housing and apartments of between five to seven storeys.

The zone is predominantly located around metropolitan, town and local centres and the public transport network to support the highest levels of intensification.

If you want to create a new vacant lot, under the Auckland Unitary Plan, each site in this zone needs to be a minimum of 1200 square metres.

You should expect that a comprehensive land use consent would be required to determine the specific detail of any development on the site before any reduced area subdivision could be approved.

 

MAXIMISE YOUR PROPERTY

Integrated Land Use and Subdivision Consent

The Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP) has allowed many Auckland property owners the opportunity to add value, increase returns and profit from the newly introduced rules, particularly those rules around density and subdivision.

To provide context, under the various legacy District Plans (Central, North Shore, Waitakere, Manukau, Rodney etc.), you typically needed 800m2 - 900m2 minimum in order to subdivide your site into two freehold lots. While this is generally still the case, if you are wanting to create vacant lots, most property owners are leveraging the no density rule within the two main residential zones of Auckland – Mixed Housing Urban Zone and the Mixed Housing Suburban Zone.

In these two zones, up to three dwellings are permitted as of right subject to compliance with the bulk and location standards. This is to ensure a quality outcome for adjoining sites and the neighbourhood, as well as residents within the development site. Resource consent is required for four or more houses and for other specified buildings in order to achieve the planned urban built character of the zone and manage the effects of development on adjoining neighbouring sites. The resource consent requirements enable the design and layout of the development to be assessed, recognising that the need to achieve quality design is important as the scale of development increases.

Given that increased density is anticipated, savvy property owners are working alongside their Planner, Surveyor, Civil Engineer and Architect to prepare house plans for four, five, six or more houses and then applying for subdivision consent around the approved development.

If you are sitting on a property in Auckland, or considering purchasing one, it would be well worth getting in touch with the team at Establish Planning to explore its development potential under the Auckland Unitary Plan. 

 

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