Government’s new housing rules: what it means for Auckland - 6 days left to have

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Implementing the new rules
The changes set out in the National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD and the Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS) are not optional. By law, we must change the Auckland Unitary Plan (our planning rulebook) to put these new rules in place.

However, the NPS-UD allows us to make some limited decisions to help shape the future of our city.

We can decide:

  • The distances of walkable catchments where buildings of six storeys or more are required. These are the areas around the city centre, rapid transit stops, and the ten metropolitan centres (Albany, Takapuna, Westgate, Henderson, New Lynn, Newmarket, Sylvia Park, Manukau, Botany and Papakura).
  • The building heights and density to enable within and next to other suburban centres – neighbourhoods centres, local centres, and town centres.
  • The “qualifying matters” that will apply in Auckland, or the characteristics within some areas that may allow the council to modify (or limit) required building heights and density. Qualifying matters may include such reasons as protecting special character and public open space.

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