The Auckland Council has approved the blueprint for the city's future growth, the Unitary Plan.
The council voted 17 to four to notify the plan for public consultation.
"This is a very significant day today. This has been a very long and intensive process with huge public interest," said Auckland Mayor Len Brown.
The plan prescribes Auckland's growth as "a little bit up and a little bit out," as Auckland gains a projected further million people in the next 30 years.
After 22,000 submissions, 250 meetings and 11 weeks of public scrutiny, last week the council spent five days redrafting the plan.
The Unitary Plan attempts to create a balance of traditional suburban living with growing intensification and expansion into rural areas.
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