On the go and no time to finish that story right now? Your News is the place for you to save content to read later from any device. Register with us and content you save will appear here so you can access them to read later.
Chief executive Stephen Selwood said the Unitary Plan allowed for urban infill in areas which cannot be economically served by public transport but doesn't allow sufficient density adjacent to rail and busway stations.
"This forces car dependency and makes congestion much worse than it needs to be."
Mr Selwood said current projections from the Auckland Transport Alignment Project showed that within a decade State Highway 1 and other critical parts of the network would be in gridlock "all day every day".
"If that were allowed to happen, the Auckland economy will grind to a halt and liveability would be seriously degraded.
"Projects like the Waterview connection and rail service improvements now under construction buy us a little bit of time. But we need to act more swiftly if we are to avoid gridlock within a decade."