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New record for building activity in Auckland

Published: 25 February 2019

New consenting data shows the Unitary Plan is working by providing housing options in the areas where Aucklanders want to live, with more than 90 per cent of dwellings being consented within Auckland’s urban area.

Latest figures from Auckland Council’s Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU) show the proportion of dwellings consented within the Rural Urban Boundary (RUB) has increased.

The figures also showed that in the year ending December 2018, 10,637 dwellings were ‘completed’ by having a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) issued, setting a new record for building activity in a 12-month period on Auckland Council records.

In December 2018, 865 dwellings were consented within the existing urban area which is 92 per cent of consents for December. More than half of these consents were for attached dwellings such as apartments, terraced housing or units.

“The Unitary Plan removed much of the regulation around density and since it became operational we’ve seen most of Auckland’s housing growth happening within urban areas” says Penny Pirrit, Director of Urban Growth and Housing.

“Areas that are well serviced by transport are highly desirable and we’re seeing evidence of this in our latest data. In December 38.4% of dwellings consented were within 1500m walking distance of a rapid transport station and this is up from 30.3% in December 2017.

“Through the Unitary Plan we have created more than enough land supply to support Auckland’s growth for the next 30 years and we’re focused on enabling quality intensification in areas that are already serviced by existing infrastructure like water and transport.

“Aucklanders have told us they want strong communities where people can come together and connect. We don’t want to create housing suburbs on the outskirts of our city that isolate people from the rest of the city.”

Other key findings from RIMU’s Auckland Monthly Housing Update for January:

  • 938 dwellings received building consents in December.
  • In the year ending December 2018, 12,862 dwellings were granted building consents in the region.
  • 45 per cent of new dwellings consented in December 2018 were houses, 27 per cent were apartments and 28 per cent were townhouses, flats, units, retirement units, or other types of dwellings.
  • 92 per cent of dwellings consented in December 2018 were inside the RUB. Over the past 12 months, 93 per cent of new dwellings consented were inside the RUB.
  • 869 dwellings were ‘completed’ by having a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) issued in December 2018.
  • In the year ending December 2018, 10,637 dwellings were issued with a CCC, setting a new record for CCCs issued in a 12-month period.

The full report can be found on Knowledge Auckland here.

 

 

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