New Proposed Residential Zone Density and Height Limits Out #UnitaryPlan UPDATED

Big changes to what was originally proposed

Well I knew there were calls to liberalise the rules in the Residential Zones of the Unitary Plan to assist with supply thus housing affordability. I just never knew Council would put forward a proposal for the Hearings next month that would go quite that far and even arguably beyond it some more.

What I am talking about is the density, height and lot (section) size rules that can bung up residential developments that might be needed to keep house prices in line. When you have strict density controls, large minimum lot sizes and low height restrictions you end up getting what we have now in little form of housing choice coupled with high house prices.

At the bottom of the post is the Proposed Changes that will head to the Unitary Plan Hearings Panel next month for consideration.

In the duration submitters like myself can form our Primary Evidence on whether we support, oppose and/or what amendments we might put forward.

Here are the extracts to the density, lot size and height rules proposed for the Unitary Plan Residential Zones

3. Land use controls

3.1 Maximum density
  1. The number of dwellings on a site must not exceed the limits specified below:

Table 1:

Zone Dwellings
Large Lot One dwelling per site
Rural and coastal settlements One dwelling per site 4000m² net site area
Single House One dwelling per site
Mixed Housing Suburban One dwelling per 400 200m² net site area, or

No density limits apply where the site is greater than 1000m2

One dwelling per 300m² net site area where the requirements of clause 3.1.2 below are met, or

One dwelling per 200m2 net site area where the requirements of clause 3.1.5 below are met

Mixed Housing Urban No density limits apply

One dwelling per 300m² net site area, or

One dwelling per 250m² net site area where the requirements of clause 3.1.3 below are met, or

No density limits apply where four or more dwellings are proposed and the requirements of clause 3.1.6 below are met

Terrace Housing and Apartment Buildings zone  No density limits apply

Activity tables

 

Table 1: Activity status of land use activities

The following table specifies the activity status of land use activities in the residential zones.

Activity Large Lot zone Rural and Coastal Settlement zone Single House zone Mixed Housing Suburban zone Mixed Housing Urban zone Terrace Housing and Apartment Buildings zone
Residential
Activities not provided for  NC  NC  NC  NC  NC  NC
Camping grounds NC D D NC D NC NC
Dwellings P P P P

up to 3 2 dwellings per site

P

up to 3 2 dwellings per site

P

One up to 2 dwellings on a per site

RD

4or more dwellings per site

RD

4or more dwellings per site

D

2 to 4 dwellings per site
RD

5 3 or more dwellings per site

  • P = Permitted Activity
  • C = Controlled Activity
  • RD = Restricted Discretionary Activity
  • D = Discretionary Activity
  • NC = Complying
  • Prohibited

Height:

  • Single House Zone: Two Storeys
  • Mixed Housing Suburban: Two Storeys
  • Mixed Housing Urban: Three Storeys
  • Terraced Housing and Apartments: Generally 5 storeys although the Additional Height Overlay Control can push it to 6 or 7 storeys

It will be interesting to see what comes across from the Primary Evidence of submitters like Auckland 2040 although they did push for density controls to be removed in place for better urban design and bulk control parameters.

For me the above changes look good although the Mixed Housing Urban Zone and Terraced Housing and Apartment Zone still need work to the point of needing zone splitting.

More on this when I have my Primary Evidence drawn up next week.

Proposed Changes to the Residential Zones of the Unitary Plan

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