Min. 600 SqM Per Single House – Auckland

The Auckland Zoning Rules under the Auckland Unitary Plan make it easier to build townhouses and apartments on land in suburban and urban zones than single houses.

A single house has to occupy at least 600 square metres in suburban areas while townhouses need a minimum of 200 square metres per townhouse.

This is the high density living focus for Auckland so it can attempt to accommodate the million additional people predicted in the next 30 years.

The single homes now occupying between 700 and 1100 square metres will not get resource consent to add another single house – and many believed this would have been promoted in the Unitary Plan.  For example if the existing home was at the front or back of a reasonable section then adding another dwelling would be a good use of space.

There has been some interesting online discussions on a property forum on the Unitary Plan  and what the zone restrictions mean to existing home owners and property investors.

In the not too distant future landscapes in suburban areas will start to change where existing single homes will be moved off large sections in suburban zones, and replaced with new townhouses.

Single homes will be highly sought after and  PropertyTutors mentoring clients are successfully trading single homes after they have renovated them.  The homes they purchase for renovation are usually poorly designed so the opportunity exists for them to redesign the space in single homes more efficiently.  Examples of property deals done by Sean Wood and Steve Goodey’s mentoring clients can be found in their new eBook Property Deals Revealed.



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