Auckland Council’s planning committee is set to adopt the second iteration of the Auckland Plan this Tuesday.
The plan promises that already developed areas will be redeveloped & intensified, future urban areas will get newly established communities, and rural areas outside the urban footprint will see only a small amount of additional growth.
The website (the digital plan) will be updated with the final plan content and minor functionality & design improvements by the end of July.
The council produced the first Auckland Plan in 2012, with an outlook over the next 30 years. This refresh plan has a timeframe through to 2050.
Council strategic advice manager Denise O’Shaughnessy says in her report to the committee a substantive change from the refresh draft prepared last year is the development of a new “quality of life” focus area under the Belonging & participation outcome.
Changes are proposed in the development strategy with regard to development areas & their timing. Changes are also proposed to meet the national policy statement on urban development capacity. The transport & access outcome reflects the 2018 update of the Auckland transport alignment project.
Following adoption, the council will:
- finalise the digital plan and “closing the loop” with submitters & key stakeholders
- seek committee approval for an implementation framework & priority initiatives for implementation, and
- focus immediately on the monitoring & reporting framework, including the preparation of a baseline monitoring report for the 33 measures in the plan and the development of a set of core targets in collaboration with the Government.
Links to Tuesday’s agenda items are below.
The plan submitted for adoption says Auckland will move to a multi-nodal model over the next 30 years as Albany, Westgate & Manukau & their catchments show how critical they will be to growth: “Over time, they will offer a broad range of business & employment activity, civic services and residential options.”
These nodes will be interconnected by a range of efficient transport links, while satellite towns Warkworth & Pukekohe will be rural nodes.
The draft plan envisages a “quality compact” approach:
- increasing economic productivity through proximity
- using existing infrastructure better
- bringing more people closer to their work: “Greater population density supports faster, more frequent public transport services”, and
- rural productivity & character can be maintained.
This model also envisages a better environment and a more vibrant Auckland socially & culturally.
To ensure there’s capacity for both residential & business growth, the national policy statement on urban development capacity requires the council to watch 3 horizons: 1-3 years, 4-10 years & 11-30 years.
The unitary plan’s “enabled” extra capacity is about 1 million dwellings – nearly 3 times demand at the present rate – while “feasible” capacity is 326,000. Auckland’s building consents for the last 12 months totalled 11,629, but that consent rate would increase if the Government’s KiwiBuild scheme takes off, if lending structure regulations are loosened or if ratios of income:home prices are narrowed.
According to the draft plan, feasible capacity is enough for 10 years but would fall 82,000 short over 30 years.
What the committee needs to take into account
The planning committee’s responsibility is to “guide the physical development & growth of Auckland through a focus on land use planning, housing & the appropriate provision of infrastructure and strategic projects associated with these activities. Key responsibilities include:
- Relevant regional strategy & policy
- Infrastructure strategy & policy
- Unitary plan
- Spatial plans
- Plan changes to operative plans
- Housing policy & projects
- Special housing areas
- City centre development
- Tamaki regeneration
- Built heritage
- Urban design
- Environmental matters relating to the committee’s responsibilities
- Acquisition of property relating to the committee’s responsibilities and within approved annual budgets.
The committee also has an overview of initiatives of the following council-controlled organisations that have a significant impact upon the implementation of the Auckland Plan & other relevant plans, policies & strategies:
- Panuku Development Auckland
- Auckland Transport
- Watercare Services Ltd, and
- Regional Facilities Auckland (stadiums).
Links to planning committee agenda items, Tuesday 5 June at 9.30am, Town Hall:
9, Adoption of the Auckland Plan 2050
Auckland Plan 2050 text
Auckland Plan 2050 maps
Summary of feedback & response
Auckland Plan 2050 website improvements
Local board resolutions
10, Bringing the Hauraki Gulf Islands into the Auckland unitary plan
Attribution: Council committee agenda.