Introduction

What are the Design Elements?
The Design Elements provide non-statutory design guidance to help achieve objectives, policies, standards and assessment criteria within the residential, business and subdivision chapters of the Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP). The Design Elements also demonstrate how to achieve good design outcomes for a development.

Who should use this guidance and why
This guide has been developed to assist developers, designers, architects, planners and builders to plan, design and build better quality developments under the AUP. 

As density increases within our neighbourhoods, developments need to have greater consideration of their impacts on the quality of life and wellbeing of residents, neighbours and the surrounding neighbourhood. The Design Elements address frequently encountered design issues and demonstrate solutions for delivering better development outcomes.

Relation to the Auckland Unitary Plan
The Design Elements have been developed with regard to the policies of the AUP. The following table details the policies of the AUP addressed by each Design Element:
 

Design
Element

Single House Zone Policies

Mixed Housing Suburban Zone
Policies

Mixed Housing Urban Zone Policies

Terrace Housing & Apartment Buildings Zone Policies

R1 - Front Yard Landscaping

H3.3(2(b) H3.3(3)(b)

H4.3(2)(c)
H4.3(3)(b)

H5.3(2)
H5.3(3)(b)

H6.3(2)
H6.3(3)(b)

R2 - Fencing & Walls

H3.3(2)(b)
H3.3(3)(a)
H3.3(3)(b)

H4.3(2)
H4.3(3)(a)
H4.3(3)(b)

H5.3(2)
H5.3(3)(a)
H5.3(3)(b)

H6.3(2)
H6.3(3)(a)
H6.3(3)(b)

R3 - Garages

H3.3(3)(c)

H4.3(3)(c)

H5.3(3)(c)

H6.3(3)(c)

R4 - Passive Surveillance

H3.3(3)(a)

H4.3(3)(a)

H5.3(3)(a)

H6.3(3)(a)

R5 - Visual Privacy

H3.3(2)
H3.3(4)

H4.3(2)
H4.3(4)
H4.3(5)(a)

H5.3(2)
H5.3(4)
H5.3(5)(a)

H6.3(2)
H6.3(5)
H6.3(6)(a)

R6 - Unit Layout

 

H4.3(6)
H4.3(5)(b)

H5.3(6)
H5.3(5)(b)

H6.3(3)(7)
H6.3(6)(b)