Auckland is defined by a range of natural landforms and environments. Our mountain ranges and coastlines, our areas of dense native bush and our wide pastoral plains all help make Auckland unique.
All development brings with it a responsibility to respond carefully to the attributes of a site and its surrounds, ensuring that development enhances the characteristics of the site and contributes to Auckland's celebrated natural environment. The topics in this element provide guidance on working with the different environments found across Auckland.
The contents list and design outcomes for the whole of this section are listed below. Each subheading highlights a separate webpage that can be accessed by clicking on the menu located to the left of this introduction.
Landform features and topography
Subdivisions respond to the landform and its features, and minimise any changes needed.
Ecology and habitat
Subdivisions protect and enhance the rich ecology and habitat of the natural environment.
Vegetation and landscaping
Subdivisions provide for vegetation that enhances habitat and ecology and complements the built form.
Stormwater and hazards
Subdivisions manage stormwater and hazards by carefully locating structures, building-platforms, and density away from vulnerable land.
Development along the coast is very carefully planned, to ensure that the natural character values of the coast are maintained or enhanced.