The Unitary Plan is working

One of the often criticised goals from the original Auckland Plan, and subsequently the Unitary Plan was the council’s desire for a 70:40 split in housing development. Translated, they essentially wanted 60-70% of all growth in housing to occur within the existing urban area.…
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Takapuna Carpark Consultation

Takapuna is one of Auckland’s most important and iconic centres. It’s also one I know well given I work there. But like so many places around Auckland, it could do with some love and Auckland Council and Panuku Development Auckland have big plans to do just that, to help encourage more development and much needed housing in the area.…
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Guest Post: Co-Housing Part Three

This is a guest post by Biddy Livesey who is a housing policy analyst, researcher, and future resident of Cohaus. Post Three – Planning for collective housing development: Consenting Cohaus In this third post on cohousing, we consider how cohousing is supported through the Auckland Unitary Plan, and the specific planning challenge for innovative collective housing development in the inner suburbs of Auckland. …
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Transit Oriented Developments and some of the underlying factors influencing them

This guest post is brought to you by Aaron Rodrigues. He is a consultant within Stantec’s Transport Planning and Future Mobility practice and his interests include transport and urban development strategy, integrated land use and transport planning, and new mobility. Additionally he recently completed his post graduate studies in Transport at Imperial College London where his research focused on Transit Oriented Developments, specifically concerning the factors influencing such developments in Auckland.…
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Flashback Saturday: Want lower rates? Cut back on urban sprawl

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Kent was first published in October 2014. Suburban sprawl is a radical, government-led re-engineering of society, one that artificially inverted millennia of accumulated wisdom and practice in building human habitats. Charles Marohn In the recent article The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs Charles Marohn (@StrongTowns) takes on the awkward relationship between conservative Americans and cities.…
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Guest Post: Co-Housing Part Two

This is a guest post by Biddy Livesey who is a housing policy analyst, researcher, and future resident of Cohaus. Post Two – Collective Housing Development in Auckland: Cohaus    In the last post, we discussed the concept of cohousing, and the potential contribution of collective housing development to increasing affordable, high-quality and unique housing in cities such as Auckland.…
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Guest Post: Co-Housing Part One

This is a guest post by Biddy Livesey who is a housing policy analyst, researcher, and future resident of Cohaus. Part One: Introduction to collective housing development: Cohousing Our cities are changing. The cost of land is increasing, the way we move around is evolving, and our lives are different to the lives our parents and grandparents led.…
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