Planning Reforms to Meet the Needs of a Growing Auckland? #NZPols

Council submission to the Productivity Commission on urban planning


From Auckland Council:

Planning to meet the needs of a growing Auckland 

Ensuring future urban growth is well serviced is one of the key areas of Auckland Council’s submission to the Productivity Commission’s Better Urban Planning inquiry. The submission was endorsed by the Auckland Development Committee last week.

The main purpose of the inquiry is to review New Zealand’s urban planning system and identify the most appropriate system for allocating land use.

Land supply and land use is one of the factors that can influence the housing market. This is a particularly important issue in Auckland where our population is growing rapidly and demand for housing is outstripping supply.

Auckland Council worked with Auckland Transport and Watercare on the submission, which focused on ensuring that Auckland responds well to the demands of growth and meets the needs of current and future residents. The submission also focuses on how we pay for, phase and deliver infrastructure. Lastly the submission highlights the need to involve the public early on, and provide quality information and keep them well informed.

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, who chairs the Auckland Development Committee, says “We welcome the inquiry, the timing is right to start a conversation about the future of urban planning. Planning shapes our cities and our lives and our communities have told us how important it is for them to be involved early on in the process.”

The inquiry builds on the commission’s previous Using Land for Housing Inquiry in 2015. The commission will release its draft report in July which will be open for public submissions and its final report will be tabled in Cabinet by 30 November 2016.



The Productivity Commission’s work no doubt will frame the National Policy Statement – Urban Growth the Ministry for the Environment has under way in the initial draft stages. No doubt though the Commission and the Ministry will be keeping an eye on the Unitary Plan processes with the recommendations from the Panel due out in July and the Plan itself to go live in September.

Looking forward to the draft report coming out in July for submissions.


Future Urban Land Supply Study Map Source: Auckland Council and Auckland Transport
Future Urban Land Supply Study Map
Source: Auckland Council and Auckland Transport



3 thoughts on “Planning Reforms to Meet the Needs of a Growing Auckland? #NZPols

  1. This is all well and good but it kinda contradicts the recent actions made by Commissioners who sought to pull AC out of the rezoning hearings of the PAUP. On the one hand they want a top down approach to legislation with major changes to national policy to help shape our cities and address growth, yet on the other hand they’re scaling back density increases across Auckland and pulling out the rezoning hearings.

    1. Some of the 13 had pretty much automatic regrets of their vote with the Unitary Plan. No matter it is on record to campaign to have them removed.

      In any case the Council position is to keep Government from bringing in more centralised Planning controls like the State Governments in Australia have.

      Given that Unitary Plan vote the Council’s submission could be and might as well be fully disregarded by the Government especially if a National Policy Statement comes to the mix.

      1. Planning done too local usually isn’t a good thing, compare Oregon & California for example. AC maybe should have the power in the future, honestly AC should be given power more like a State Government than a Local Council but tbh we still have to many legacy Councillors for that to happen yet.

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