Auckland's new zoning maps released

The changes have been revealed in 43 maps released by Council today. Photo / Doug Sherring
The changes have been revealed in 43 maps released by Council today. Photo / Doug Sherring

Auckland residents and ratepayers can now see if their suburbs are destined for new multi-storey developments.

Auckland Council's revisions to the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) show many suburbs will be affected by rezoning.

Under the changes, large swarths of suburban Auckland could be rezoned for multi-storey buildings, terraced housing and apartments.

43 maps have been released today on Auckland Council's website, which give residents the opportunity to see what potential changes could be in store in their backyards.

See the map for your suburb here:

Albany
Barrys Point
Browns Bay
City centre fringe
Dairy Flat
Devonport & Peninsula
Eastern Isthmus
Glenfield
Greenhithe
Helensville
Henderson
Hibiscus Coast
Highbrook
Kawau
Kumeu
Manukau Central
Massey, Ranui, Swanson
New Lynn, Glen Eden, Glendene, Sunnyvale
Northcote, Birkenhead
North West Waitakere, Hobsonville, West Harbour
Okura, Long Bay
Orewa
Parakai
Rodney, rural south
Rodney North
Rosedale
Silverdale
Snells Beach
South - rural west
South urban central & west
South urban north & east
South rural east
South urban south
Southern isthmus
Sunnynook, Mairangi Bay
Takapuna, Milford
Te Atatu
Wairau
Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area
Warkworth
Wellsford
Western isthmus
Whangaparoa

Mayoral candidate Mark Thomas said many residents could discover their suburb would be "super-sized".

"These changes mean thousands of Auckland home owners will actually 'double-jump' zones from the single house zone through mixed-house suburban and up to the much more dense mixed-housing urban," he said.

Under the PAUP, over 75 percent of Auckland's residential zoned land would continue to be of one to two storeys, but some areas of Auckland are set to see more intensified housing under the Mixed Housing Urban zones, which allows up to three storeys.

The council's proposed changes to the Terrace Housing and Apartment Buildings zone would allow for five storeys and in a limited number of locations six or seven storeys.

These zones are to be in located within easy walking distance of metropolitan and town centres and the frequent public transport network.

Auckland Councillor for Orakei, Cameron Brewer said the eastern suburbs would be hit hard by the rezoning.

"Glendowie in particular has been hit hard by Auckland Council's intensification measures," he said.

"Roughly seventy per cent of the suburb has been rezoned from single house suburban to mixed housing suburban and up to fifteen per cent is now classed as mixed housing urban where before there was zero.

"This proposed intensification comes at the same time residents are worried that Auckland Transport is set to take away bus services for the eastern suburbs."

Other suburbs affected by the rezoning include Mt Eden, with more land now zoned as Mixed Housing Urban. The amount of single house zones in Remuera has also been reduced.

Many of South Auckland's poorest suburbs are also set to house more people. Intensive terraced housing and apartment blocks of four to six storeys are planned for Otara, Mangere, Manurewa and Clendon Park.

Youth organisation Generation Zero welcomed Auckland Council's release of the updated residential zoning maps.

Spokesman Niko Elsen said Auckland's serious housing shortage had caused rapid house price rises, locking most Aucklanders out of home ownership -- particulary younger residents.

"We need to allow more houses to be built in existing urban areas, as that is where the highest level of demand is. Well designed developments in inner suburbs close to public transport should now be prioritised, as that is the missing housing choice that Aucklanders are calling for," he said.

"As young people, we're looking for housing choices close to where we need to be, and more transport options, such as cycling and public transport, rather than just using our cars. Any policy should be enabling this kind of development rather than pushing young people out to the urban fringe."

Members of the public still have a chance to have their say before rezoning plans are finalised in August next years.

These decisions will be debated in public and the council will publicly notify its decisions.

Housing zones

Single house
• 32 per cent of Auckland housing
• One house per 600sq m, 8m building height

Mixed housing suburban (MHS)
• 40 per cent of Auckland housing
• One dwelling per 200sq m on sites less than 1000sq m and no density limits on sites greater than 1000sq m, 2 storey permitted limit

Mixed housing urban
• 10 per cent of Auckland housing
• No density limits, but strengthened design controls. 3-storey permitted limit.
Terraced housing and apartment buildings
• 5 per cent of Auckland housing
• Allows for 4 to 6 storeys

- NZ Herald

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