Auckland Council's Planning Committee has approved the revised draft Auckland Plan for formal public consultation beginning in February 2018.
What is the Auckland Plan?
The Auckland Plan, first adopted in 2012, is the spatial plan that sets the direction for how, where and when Auckland will grow over the next 30 years.
With Auckland's rapid change and growth the plan has been revised so that it can continue to respond to key challenges facing Auckland, including rapid population growth, improving transport and housing and protecting and enhancing our natural environment.
Councillor Chris Darby, Chair of the Planning Committee, says the Auckland Plan is an enormous task that sets out a grand vision for the next 30 years that is dynamic, exciting and almost changing by the day.
"This plan is the way we share with Aucklanders how the council will address all the big issues facing our region. It provides certainty to Aucklanders, Mana whenua, government and the private sector about where and how we will grow over the next 30 years which is further reinforced by the council's other strategy and delivery plans.
Councillor Darby says, "The public consultation in February next year will provide an opportunity for all Aucklanders to have their say which will help shape the Plan to further reflect community views on the future of Auckland.
"We also expect to see some significant contributions from the government in the New Year as it develops its government policy statements on the big issues like transport, housing and urban regeneration which are all components within our Auckland Plan," says Councillor Darby.
Aucklanders will be able to provide feedback on the revised draft Auckland Plan alongside their thoughts on the council's next 10-year Budget 2018-28 in a joint public consultation running from 28 February to 28 March 2018.
The revised Auckland Plan will be available as digital document which makes it more accessible for Aucklanders and will enable the plan to be updated with data and evidence more easily to remain relevant over time.