Suburban Auckland is set for major change despite the council's intensification backdown.
A backlash from residents has forced big rewrites of key parts of the draft unitary plan - Auckland's rulebook for growth.
But lobby group spokesman Richard Burton from Auckland 2040 says the draft plan would achieve the higher density Auckland Council wants, despite big wins for residents.
Existing rules in most Auckland suburbs allow two storey development on sites of 350 square metres to 400sqm, the North Shore resource management consultant says.
New rules covering much of suburban Auckland would relax density rules to allow house sites to drop to 200sqm if the property is over 1200sqm (about quarter of an acre).
Terraced housing and apartment housing zones have been cut back in some areas, like Milford, but will still bring big changes around many town centres.
Concern about minimum apartment sizes has also prompted new rules but Mr Burton says they should have been raised to 60sqm in suburban areas.
Mr Burton says the biggest wins for residents include stopping the opportunity for three storey apartments in 49 per cent of residential Auckland.
That mixed housing zone has now been split into suburban and urban.
Apartments are limited to two storeys in the suburban zone covering 40 per cent of residential Auckland. Three storey development would only now be permitted in the urban zone covering 9 per cent of residential areas.
Auckland Council's first plan also allowed 30sqm apartments and unlimited density on 1200sqm plus developments.
Changes in the new draft prevent big rectangular block apartments blighting suburbia, Mr Burton says. Density on these bigger sites is now limited to one dwelling per 200sqm.
Mr Burton says the new draft plan also makes it tougher to get dispensation from important rules governing height, coverage and yard size.
From September 30 the proposed Unitary Pan will be available at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz and hard copies in libraries. Submissions will be sought.
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