We are often asked by clients and Councils whether there are any wetlands on properties proposed for development, or wetlands that could be restored for other reasons. This requires an ecological assessment.

The Resource Management Act defines a wetland as: "Wetland includes permanently or intermittently wet areas, shallow water, and land water margins that support a natural ecosystem of plants and animals that are adapted to wet conditions."

UPDATE: The Warkworth structure plan has been adopted as of the 4 June 2019. It is expected that the Council will next prepare a plan change to implement parts of the Structure Plan, including new urban zones. This will likely be notified for submissions later this year (2019) or early 2020.

The link to the Final Plan is here

The Draft Silverdale West Dairy Flat Industrial Area Structure Plan has been notified for submissions by the Auckland Council. Submissions close 28 April 2019. After the final structure plan is adopted, a plan change will be notified for submissions.

Auckland Council has nitpicked its way into rejecting two high-density apartment developments on public transport routes near the CBD. Hayden Donnell in the Spinoff asks whether council’s consents department really believes in the vision of the Unitary Plan.

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.