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FAQs

Answers to common questions

What is the future planning framework?

For Auckland to become a great city we need to be proactive in planning for future development. The future planning framework is a tool that will help us with our long-term planning.

There are three parts to the framework:

Figure 1: Three-tiered approach of future planning framework - Tier 1 is the Citywide level, Tier 2 is the area/neighbourhood level and Tier 3 is the precinct/centre level.

(Figure 1: Three-tiered approach of future planning framework)

Citywide spatial framework - this is a citywide overview of issues and opportunities creating a long-term spatial framework for the city.

Area plans - the Auckland isthmus was divided into 11 areas to consider issues like transport corridors, population, landscape, character, growth and ward boundaries at a community level.

Precinct plans were the next level of detail down from an area plan. They drilled down on the six key moves in the future planning framework and looked at how they specifically related to the precinct, and refined the outcomes shown in the area plan. These plans explored planning ideas down to a block and sometimes individual property level and looked at land use, building heights, capital works, urban design and historic landscape considerations.

Why did the council do this? Isn't Auckland fine the way it is?

The Auckland isthmus faces many challenges in the future, including housing a growing population. This requires planning ahead for transport routes, areas of open space and places where people will work. Where these elements are carefully planned, the important natural and heritage parts of Auckland such as volcanic cones, waterfront and important buildings can be protected and enhanced. Without planning, growth may happen in a haphazard and uncoordinated way, which could significantly compromise the qualities of Auckland we currently value.

What is the relationship between the future planning framework and the District Plan?

As a result of the proposed changes to regional governance, Auckland City Council did not proceed with a new district plan for the isthmus, previously due to be notified in 2010. Instead, the research, citywide spatial framework, area plans, precinct plans and a summary of community feedback will be offered to the new Auckland Council to assist the preparation of a single district plan for the region.

Why can't I see my road/property?

The objective of both the citywide spatial framework maps and area plans is to identify broad future land use intentions without defining these intentions to the individual property boundary level. So the boundaries used are intentionally "fuzzy" to allow a broad concept to be displayed. With respect to roads, main arterial roads and motorways have been identified. To ensure the concepts on plans are clearly understood and to maintain the "fuzzy" objective, the entire street network in the isthmus has not been identified.

Individual property level detail is included within the precinct plans, which is the third level of the future planning framework.

How does the future planning framework relate to the 10-year-plan?

The future planning framework was developed to support Auckland City Council's overarching vision for Auckland city and its high-level strategies. The vision and strategies reflect the community outcomes defined in the council's 10-year plan. The plan enables the council to prioritise projects that will help achieve future goals for the city and the budget for them. It contains key projects that will be undertaken across the city over the next 10 years, capital expenditure, financials and funding policies. See 10-year plan 2009-2019 (www.aucklandcity.govt.nz)

What will happen to the future planning framework plans in the upcoming changes to regional governance?

The future planning framework will be referred to the new Auckland Council for implementation. It will provide an excellent reference for the new Auckland Council to progress preparation of a single district plan for Auckland.

How will the precinct plan recommendations be implemented?

There will be a number of implementation methods available to the new Auckland Council and new council controlled organisations to give effect to the precinct plans. These will include district plan changes, long term council community plan spending and advocacy.

How were the precinct plans selected?

Auckland City Council's City Development Committee selected those parts of the city suitable for preparation of a precinct plan. This was based on a number of factors including the importance of the areas for delivering future residential growth and jobs and the importance of the historic landscape or open space and recreation improvements in these areas.

What happened to the feedback I provided on precinct plans?

Once received, the feedback was collated, analysed and grouped into key themes by council staff and recommended changes were marked up on the document and presented to the City Development Committee for endorsement.