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Special Housing Areas

19 November 2013

AUTHOR:Kevin Birch

For residents of Franklin, one of the most significant provisions of the Proposed Unitary Plan for Auckland is the inclusion of the Future Urban Zone (FUZ). The FUZ being a corridor of land encompassing the Rural Southern areas of Pukekohe and to the North including Paerata, Wesley College and through to the Pukekohe Golf Club, and also land North and South of SH22 on the Western side of Drury.

Working parallel with the development of the Unitary Plan is the Special Housing Accord. The accord being an agreement between Auckland Council and the Government on the means to accelerate the delivery of more homes during the period from September 2013 through to operative date of the Unitary Plan. One of the methods of the accord is the approval of Special Housing Areas.

Special housing areas will create an accelerated approval process resulting in more sections being available in shorter time frames.

Plans, maps, the Unitary Plan text, and information of the Special Housing Areas is readily available at I will provide more commentary on these provisions in future articles