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In order to plan for so many new houses, the Unitary Plan makes a lot of changes to our current rules. The most important ones are changes which allow for increased density in existing suburbs, particularly around public transport lines.

That means that instead of only being allowed to build big single houses in the places people want to live, there can now be apartments, townhouses, and terraced housing. [2] This is great, because part of the problem at the moment is we have only been building those big expensive houses.  A study last year showed that only half of Aucklanders want that type of house. This unitary plan provides homes for the rest of us.

It has some other good idea’s too, like 70% of our growth should come from existing urban areas. That will help to limit housing sprawl which comes with high infrastructure costs and just leads to increased rates, congestion, and carbon emissions. It also does away with some of the outdated parking restrictions that assumed everyone owns a car, to better reflect our modern city.

If you support those ideas and want to see and end to this housing crisis, share the petition, to help us show the council they need to pass the plan.