The Auckland Housing Accord aims to accelerate delivery of housing across Auckland from when the Auckland Unitary Plan is notified on 30 September 2013 to when it becomes operative in about 2016. It’s expected that around 39,000 new homes and sections will be consented during this three year period.

Auckland Council approved the Auckland Housing Accord in September 2013.

Through the accord, selected areas of urban and future urban areas (called Special Housing Areas) are currently being identified for fast-tracked development. The areas of land will be within the Rural Urban Boundary, the new line that will define the extent of urban development in Auckland over the next 30 years.

Council will put in place special consenting and approval processes in these areas  to speed up development. Council will also set requirements for affordable housing in these areas.

A joint central government and Auckland Council working group has been set up to advance the implementation of the accord.

This working group meets regularly to align work programmes and to agree joint action to improve housing supply and affordability.

The accord is supported by the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas (HASHA) legislation.