2Introduction

​​​​​​​​Auckland is defined by a range of natural landforms and environments. Our mountain ranges and coastlines, our areas of dense native bush and our wide pastoral plains all help make Auckland unique. 

All development brings with it a responsibility to respond carefully to the attributes of a site and its surrounds, ensuring that development enhances the characteristics of the site and contributes to Auckland's celebrated natural environment. The topics in this element provide guidance on working with the different environments found across Auckland.

Site contents

The contents list and design outcomes for the whole of this section are listed below. Each subheading highlights a separate webpage that can be accessed by clicking on the menu located to the left of this introduction.

Landform features and topography

Design Outcome

Subdivisions respond to the landform and its features, and minimise any changes needed.

Ecology and habitat

Design Outcome

Subdivisions protect and enhance the rich ecology and habitat of the natural environment.

Vegetation and landscaping

Design Outcome

Subdivisions provide for vegetation that enhances habitat and ecology and complements the built form.

Stormwater and hazards

Design Outcome

Subdivisions manage stormwater and hazards by carefully locating structures, building-platforms, and density away from vulnerable land.

Coastal environments

Design Outcome

Development along the coast is very carefully planned, to ensure that the natural character values of the coast are maintained or enhanced.