Auckland Unitary Plan update – what does it mean for you?

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Auckland Council released the decisions version of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP:DV) on 19 August.  As of that date the Auckland-wide rules, subdivision rules, zone provisions and development controls within those zone came into legal effect.  This applies to all applications for subdivision, land use, discharge, resource consents, variation of conditions, combined land use and subdivision consents, land use consents etc.

What does this mean for you?

The Unitary Plan has immediate effect and has implications for all current and pending resource consent applications.

How can we help?  Our planners are able to:

  • review the applicable rules of the PAUP decisions version and to advise on the level of work required to address them for your property and
  • complete a supplementary assessment necessitated by the new rules, update plans etc.

James Hook, Planning Director, said “Auckland Council will assess resource consent applications under both the operative and proposed rules until 16 September.  On many existing applications Auckland Council is now requesting a supplementary assessment of the proposal in accordance with the PAUP:DV.  Any applications prepared prior to 16 September will also require an assessment under both plans.

After the closing date for appeals, substantial parts of the PAUP may become operative – in which case only those rules will need to be considered.  However, for any rule or provision that is appealed – applications will need to be considered under both the operative and proposed rule on that particular matter (until the relevant appeal is resolved).

The supplementary assessment of the PAUP:DV for each lodged application, will need to include a set of plans showing compliance with the PAUP:DV rules and may also require additional specialist reporting (Engineering, Surveying etc).

We notice that Section 88(1A) provides some protection to an Applicant that the PAUP:DV cannot change the activity status of their application lodged prior to 19 August i.e. from Restricted Discretionary to Non-complying.  The activity status remains the same as at the date it was submitted to Auckland Council.”

If you have any queries please contact us and we’ll be happy to help, our planners are up to date on the latest Unitary Plan rules.

Many of our clients are interested in finding out about zoning for their properties.  The easiest way to check is to click here on the Auckland Council GIS Viewer, search for your street:

GIS viewer.

This will also be useful – the Auckland Unitary Plan Legend (which tells you what each colour means)

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