Auckland Unitary Plan – Are you making the most of it?
Thu, 21 Jun 2018

Auckland Unitary Plan – Are you making the most of it?

Are you aware there are now 400,000 properties that are now able to have more than one dwelling on-site? Do you know that your property could be one of these?

Under the AUP, you have the potential to earn more money in either rental income or resale value.

We all know Auckland is in the middle of a housing crisis, with the city needing an estimated, 400,000 homes over the next 30 years[1] the Auckland Council and Government introduced the Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP). They aim to open up land for new housing by allowing higher density in certain zones, re-zoning rural land for building, and increasing housing affordability. 400,000 people in Auckland now own land that could be converted into multiple dwellings, by opening land in this way means the housing crisis can be solved.

Yet, relying on traditional builders who often have up to an 18-month wait before they can even commence a build and an 18-20 month build time slowing the availability of housing. To keep up with the demand in new housing, the solution is to build modular with its shorter build time, which also lessens the impact of a change in market conditions and building price increases, which as many Aucklanders know can change rapidly.

Our modular solutions provide a fast turnaround with quality and precision building that in many areas exceeds traditional builds. We build your investment in our factory, under controlled conditions, using all the materials kiwis know and trust, to the same standard and regulations as on-site builds but in about half the time. We offer you a fixed price contract and build your modular townhouse in as little as three months and deliver it to your section complete with paint, carpet, and fittings. There are minimal site works and less noise disturbance to surrounding neighbours.

How do the zones work?

Under the AUP Each zone has rules specifying:

  • What dwellings or buildings you can build and how many
  • Building height restrictions
  • How you can use the land
  • What the building can be used for (business, industrial, homes)
  • How close buildings can be to one another
  • Outdoor space requirements

Under the plan, your section will primarily fall under one of the four residential zones: *

Single house zone

In this zone, you can convert an existing home into two dwellings or build a minor dwelling unit (up to 65m2).  If you want to subdivide each site must be a minimum of 600m2 and the building coverage must not exceed 35%.  Adding a minor dwelling to your section adds to the resale value of your property.

Mixed housing suburban zone

This is the most common zone in Auckland. It enables infill development while retaining the character of the existing area. You can build up to two dwellings by right or more with a simple resource consent that takes a few weeks – we can submit this on your behalf.

In this zone, you can build two storey homes and/or duplex/townhouses. The building site coverage must not exceed 40% and the minimum subdivision site size is 400m2.

Mixed house urban zone

Another common zone, this the mixed house urban zone is a step up from the mixed house suburban zone. This zone allows for increased building height and density. Typically houses in this zone will be three storey townhouses.

You can build two dwellings as of right, for more a resource consent is needed. The maximum site coverage cannot exceed 40% and the minimum site size is 300m2.

Terrace housing and apartment zone

This zone allows for apartments and terrace housing up to seven storeys high. The zone typically falls in the metropolitan areas near public amenities.  Maximum site coverage is 50% and the minimum site size is 1200m2.

What does this mean for you?

These zones provide landowners with lots of new exciting opportunities and sub-dividing/building in Auckland is now easier than ever. You don’t have to be an experienced developer to maximise the value of your land, we can help you understand what the AUP means for you and manage your entire build from start to finish.

For example, this section is 619m2 with an existing dwelling of 110m2. The owners can build a 76m2 dwelling over two stories under the Mixed House Suburban Zone, where two dwellings are allowed as of right. See the below image as an example:

Render of downstairs unit example 

Master bedroom upstairs example 

See some of our two storey units being craned on site in Auckland here:

We'll help you realise the potential in your property 

Building can be challenging but here at Matrix Homes we make it as stress-free as possible. We can determine your zone, whether your site is suitable for a modular development, the number, and type of dwellings allowed on your site.

Our latest designs and state of the art production techniques will maximise the potential in your property. Our two storey options are specifically designed for Auckland and offer street appeal as well as cost efficiency through the shared party wall. Residents have private courtyards and through using modern materials noise between the occupants' shared wall is completely minimised. Building with Matrix Homes means you get uncompromised/superior quality homes in much less than half the time of a traditional site build meaning you begin making quicker returns on your property.

Contact us today to begin your journey with Matrix Homes.


 *The allowances here are not comprehensive and are a guide only.