The Auckland Unitary Plan became operative on 15 November 2015, and the minor dwelling provisions are - subject to specific standards relating to bulk and location - as follows:

Land use consent was obtained in late 2016 on behalf of Kowhai Falls Limited for a large format retail centre on the currently vacant land adjacent to Mitre 10 Mega in Woodcocks Road, Warkworth. Once constructed, the retail centre will comprise 24 large format retail units (with floor areas measuring between 403m2 and 1,016m2) along the perimeter of the site, and a central hub of 7 restaurant and café units.

The Auckland Unitary Plan became ‘Operative in Part’ on 15 November 2016; which means that - except for parts of the Plan which subject to Environment Court and High Court appeals - the Unitary Plan supersedes many of the previous “Legacy Plan” provisions.

A key objective of the Unitary Plan is to provide additional housing in Auckland. In accordance with this aim, intensification of residential areas has been facilitated by the application of higher density zoning in accessible locations close to town centres, and public transport networks.

Parts of the Auckland Unitary Plan have been made operative, effective from 8am Tuesday 15 November 2016 and made official through a public notice in the New Zealand Herald on 8 November (Auckland Council Unitary Plan Notice).

As outlined in an earlier post, the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) excluded any provisions for Minor Household Units (MHUs), providing only for the conversion of an existing dwelling into two household units within residential zones.

After hearing submissions seeking MHU provisions (including from TNP) the Independent Hearings Panel recommended provision for ‘Minor Dwellings’ in all rural zones, and in the majority of lower density residential zones (less than 600m2), provided that basic development controls such as site size, building height, and yards are met.

The proposed Auckland Unitary Plan was publicly notified for formal submissions in September 2013, with submissions closing in February 2014. Just over 9,000 submissions were received, covering around 100,000 points. This was followed by a Further Submission period, which closed in July 2014 with 3,500 further submitters.

One of the housing opportunities which appears likely to change under the new Auckland Unitary Plan is for Minor Household Units (MHU). We think MHUs play a big part in meeting Auckland’s social and housing needs. They allow dependent relatives to live close by family but retaining their independence; and they also provide lower cost housing for options for many people, with very few adverse effects.

In late 2016 the new Auckland Unitary Plan will become operative, and the previous district plans across Auckland will expire. Rural landowners with unprotected significant native bush and wetland areas need to consider whether to take up their subdivision options now under the Rodney or Franklin sections of the district plan, or wait for the Unitary Plan rules.

The proposed Auckland Unitary Plan was publicly notified for formal submissions in September 2013, with submissions closing in February 2014. Just over 9,000 submissions were received, covering around 100,000 points.

This was followed by a Further Submission period, which closed in July 2014 with 3,500 further submitters.