ARCHITECTURE

Four Walls Architecture Says New Auckland Unitary Plan Exciting for Homeowners

Tuesday 20 December 2016, 10:16AM
By Beckie Wright
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The Auckland Unitary Plan became operative in part on 15 November this year and the Public Notice was placed in the NZ Herald as follows:

“At its meeting on Thursday, 29 September 2016, the Auckland Council resolved to make parts of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan ‘operative in part’ and requested that the Chief Executive complete, as soon as practicable, the necessary statutory steps to publicly notify the Auckland Unitary Plan (Operative in Part). 

 

“The Auckland Unitary Plan Operative in part is the first combined plan for the Auckland region and is made up of a Regional Policy Statement, Regional Plan (including a Regional Coastal Plan) and a District Plan. “

 

As Amy Hendry of Four Walls Architecture says, this is very exciting news for homeowners, because a lot of rules have been relaxed around site coverage and height limits, which greatly improves renovation prospects for existing houses, and subdivision of existing houses and sections for new houses. As always, it’s so important to get an architect at the beginning of a building project, because they know where to find all the new rules and regulations so that they can advise, direct and inform clients about how their wish list can be turned into a feasible brief, and into a new house or renovation

 

This milestone means that, after four years of work, Auckland now has a new single set of planning rules to manage the city’s future growth. The plan will provide for more housing and infrastructure that will be balanced with the protection of Auckland’s heritage and natural environments, and key decisions made by the council mean the new Auckland Unitary Plan will provide for more than 400,000 new residential homes to meet the demands of Auckland’s growth over the next 30 years, expansion of the Rural Urban Boundary to open up more new land for development as the city grows, with flexibility to move the boundary through private plan changes, and a focus on high quality urban design, including the requirement for a resource consent for more than three dwellings on a site that complies with urban design rules and a minimum size for apartments.

 

Amy and her team at Four Walls Architecture are available to advise on those renovations and new builds and can be found at http://www.fourwallsarchitects.co.nz .

 

 

The Auckland Unitary Plan became operative in part on 15 November this year and the Public Notice was placed in the NZ Herald as follows:

“At its meeting on Thursday, 29 September 2016, the Auckland Council resolved to make parts of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan ‘operative in part’ and requested that the Chief Executive complete, as soon as practicable, the necessary statutory steps to publicly notify the Auckland Unitary Plan (Operative in Part). 

 

“The Auckland Unitary Plan Operative in part is the first combined plan for the Auckland region and is made up of a Regional Policy Statement, Regional Plan (including a Regional Coastal Plan) and a District Plan. “

 

As Amy Hendry of Four Walls Architecture says, this is very exciting news for homeowners, because a lot of rules have been relaxed around site coverage and height limits, which greatly improves renovation prospects for existing houses, and subdivision of existing houses and sections for new houses. As always, it’s so important to get an architect at the beginning of a building project, because they know where to find all the new rules and regulations so that they can advise, direct and inform clients about how their wish list can be turned into a feasible brief, and into a new house or renovation

 

This milestone means that, after four years of work, Auckland now has a new single set of planning rules to manage the city’s future growth. The plan will provide for more housing and infrastructure that will be balanced with the protection of Auckland’s heritage and natural environments, and key decisions made by the council mean the new Auckland Unitary Plan will provide for more than 400,000 new residential homes to meet the demands of Auckland’s growth over the next 30 years, expansion of the Rural Urban Boundary to open up more new land for development as the city grows, with flexibility to move the boundary through private plan changes, and a focus on high quality urban design, including the requirement for a resource consent for more than three dwellings on a site that complies with urban design rules and a minimum size for apartments.

 

Amy and her team at Four Walls Architecture are available to advise on those renovations and new builds and can be found at http://www.fourwallsarchitects.co.nz .