Auckland’s changing choices: getting intense
Author:Auckland Council Chief Economist, Shyamal Maharaj, David Norman
Source:Auckland Council Chief Economist
Topics:Economy, business and industry, Housing, Land use
The Auckland Unitary Plan (UP) increased opportunities to boost intensification – a response to the inefficient use of land, high infrastructure costs and externalities of sprawl. The UP has kick-started more apartment development after a decade of lost opportunities. Intensification, while not the answer for everything, overcomes a lot of negative externalities associated with sprawl, and encourages more efficient use of privately owned assets such as retail space as well.