Auckland Reporting Area

State of Auckland

Capacity for Growth
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July2014

Measuring the potential for residential and business growth in Auckland, based on the provisions of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) as notified on 30 September 2013.

The Capacity for Growth Study monitors and reports on residential, business and rural land availability in Auckland.

Residential and business zoned parcels, and rural zoned titles, have been assessed for their capacity to accommodate additional development (expressed either as additional dwellings or hectares of land) under the notified provisions of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. The analysis does not include any potential dwellings that may be built on subdivisions in the Future Urban zones, as currently this is not allowed under the PAUP. In the future they may be the location for a large number of dwellings following a plan change or variation.

More information on the results of the study and the method and assumptions used can be found in the study’s two technical reports Capacity for growth study 2013 (Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan): methodology and assumptions (TR2014/009) and Capacity for growth study 2013 (Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan): results (TR2014/010), available on the Auckland Council website.

Residential (dwelling) capacity
The Capacity for Growth Study 2013 finds that across the Auckland region there is residential capacity under the provisions of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan for between 258,487 and 417,079 additional dwellings.

Residential capacity is reported as a range, either with ‘infill’ or with ‘redevelopment’. This is because some properties could accommodate new dwellings through either ‘infill’, such as putting a new house on the back of the property, or through ‘redevelopment’, such as removing the existing house and building two new ones. As such infill and redevelopment capacity cannot be added together.

AUCKLAND CAPACITY FOR GROWTH

AUCKLAND CAPACITY FOR GROWTH

Residential (Dwelling) Capacity

Auckland residential capacity summary (in dwellings1)

Existing dwellings 485,103
Urban area capacity 207,795 to 359,018
Rural towns capacity 34,258 to 41,627
Rural area capacity 16,398
Total residential capacity 258,487 to 417,043

Residential capacity in Auckland is made up of:

  • Vacant parcels with a proposed residential zone  - these have potential capacity for an additional 38,016 dwellings
  • Parcels that have a proposed residential zone and can accommodate infill development (incudes vacant potential) – these have potential capacity for 58,201 additional dwellings 
  • If all residential parcels with a proposed residential zone across Auckland were redeveloped to their maximum capacity, this could yield an additional 180,192 dwellings
  • There is potential capacity (without TRSS2) for an additional 14,691 dwellings from titles located in Auckland’s rural area
  • There is potential capacity for an additional 119,461 dwellings 
  • in business areas and centres3 
  • Special areas provide potential for an additional 28,082 dwellings (this does not refer to Special Housing Areas).

Residential capacity (utilising infill) by local board area (dwellings)

Business Land Capacity

The Capacity for Growth Study 2013 modelled 7,921 hectares of land with a proposed business zone based on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. From this business land total, the study identified capacity of 3,373 hectares of business zoned land. 

Auckland business land capacity (Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan) summary (in hectares4

Current zoned business land 7,921
Urban area business land capacity 2,516
Rural towns business land capacity 857
Total business land capacity 3,373

Business capacity in Auckland is made up of:

  • 1,312 hectares of land with a proposed business zone on parcels that are vacant
  • A further 1,736 hectares of land with a proposed business zoned land considered to have vacant potential
  • Redevelopment potential on business land allows for additional floor space: 12,827,285 square metres of business floor space and 10,864,360 square metres of residential floor space
  • Special areas will provide potential for an additional 324 hectares of business land.

Distribution of business land capacity in Auckland, by local board area (area in hectares)

1. Total in this table include pipeline capacity. 2. TRSS or Transferable Rural Site Subdivision is a provision in the subdivision rules of the PAUP. 3. Under a modified theoretical scenario of the business redevelopment capacity assessment. Refer to section 8.2 of the results report for more detail: Capacity for growth study 2013 (Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan): results, Auckland Council technical report, TR2014/010. 4. Totals in this table include pipeline capacity.