Further changes to the unitary plan are being decided this week, as the Auckland Plan Committee continues discussions on the proposed plan that will go out for formal submissions later this year. Following the three days of discussions last week, councillors and local board chairs are meeting again today and later this week.
Key parts of the plan, including residential zones, affordable housing, business zones, parking, the Port and the City Centre were covered at the meetings. Changes were discussed for each topic and the majority of issues resolved.
Residential zones were the major focus of the discussions. Decisions were reached on all of the residential changes except for one proposal regarding greater flexibility for density on sites larger than 2,500sqm in the Mixed Housing Suburban Zone, which will be revisited next week.
Auckland Plan Committee Chair, Penny Hulse says “We have had three days of robust debate, discussions and decision making. The involvement of the local board chairs has been extremely valuable in these discussions and I am pleased with the progress we’ve made.”
Some of the key changes decided at the Auckland Plan Committee meetings included:
- further reclamation for the Port to be a non-complying activity and a stage 2 study to be undertaken
- require all residential development of 15 or more dwellings to include at least 10% of dwellings as retained affordable housing
- on 1200 sqm (or more) sites in the Mixed Housing Suburban Zone, a maximum of one dwelling for every 200 sqm
- residential developments of five or more houses will require a six star Homestar energy rating
- primary and secondary schools will now have a special purpose school zone.
Additional Auckland Plan Committee meetings will continue next week to discuss the remaining issues on the agenda.