3Why was the Auckland Design Manual created?

With the emergence of the Super City the Auckland Design Manual team worked to bring together our city’s design guidance into one place.  The goal was to make it easier for Auckland residents to source information about how to deliver quality projects within the built environment.

The Auckland Design Manual aligns with the Auckland Plan (2012) that expects “its urban environment to be as beautiful as its natural environment.” The Design Manual supports Council’s obligations to the Ministry for the Environment (in particular the Urban Design Protocol).  It also provides some guidance f or the Auckland Unitary Plan on design. 

The Auckland Design Manual is not a statutory document or a part of the Unitary Plan, it provides some context for the references in the Unitary Plan relating to best practice design.

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The Design Manual is a resource that is constantly growing as design practices within our city develop and change. Auckland is changing fast, and so is the Design Manual.

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