Auckland Unitary Plan Submission

What is the Unitary Plan?

The Unitary Plan replaces the:

  • former Regional Policy Statement and
  • 13 district and regional plans.

The plan will help Auckland meet its economic and housing needs by determining: 

  • what can be built and where
  • how to create a higher quality and more compact Auckland
  • how to provide for rural activities
  • how to maintain the marine environment.

The Unitary Plan process involved Auckland's most extensive public notification period. The proposed plan was open for submissions from 30 September 2013 to 28 February 2014.

Submissions and further submissions

Auckland Council received more than 9400 submissions on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) during the five-month notification period which closed on 28 February 2014.

In the further submission period, which closed on 22 July 2014, a further 3800 submissions were received either supporting or opposing original submissions.

All submissions have been carefully summarised by council planners to capture all of the changes requested.

Each unique request, and the details of who made it, was collated into the Summary of Decisions Requested (SDR) report. 

Some submissions included just one request, while others involved hundreds or thousands. In total, there were more than 93,600 unique requests, represented in the SDR as summary points. The further submissions contained over 1,400,000 points.

The Auckland Unitary Plan is operative in part

On 29 September 2016, Auckland Council resolved to make the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan 'Operative in part'.

On 8 November 2016, the council gave public notice that the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan shall become 'Operative in part' on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 under:

  • section 160 of Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010 (LGATPA) and
  • clause 20 of Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).

For more info visit the Auckland Unitary Plan website.