Rural Urban Boundary - Fact Sheet

Special Housing AreasTo help combat Auckland's housing crisis, Special Housing Areas (SHAs) are being identified across the city where fast-track development of affordable housing can take place. The SHAs are being located in selected urban and rural areas earmarked for urban development. The areas of land chosen will be within the Rural Urban Boundary.The Rural Urban Boundary defines the extent of urban development in Auckland over the next 30 years.     All developments are being carried out under the Auckland Housing Accord.The council developed the accord with the government, to plug Auckland's housing shortage.Proposals will be designed in accordance with the provisions with the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) and in collaboration with the Housing Project Office. Based on the conversations we've had with developers and landowners to date, we estimate the following number of new sites and dwellings from the first four groups of Special Housing Areas could be:Group 1 - 5500 sites or dwellings over 10 or more years, delivering an average of around 500 sites or dwellings per annum.Group 2 - 11,500 sites or dwellings over 10 or more years, delivering an average of around 1000 sites or dwellings per annum.