3Identify current and future intensification

Design Outcome

Subdivisions are located in areas that can accommodate current and future intensification

​​​​​​​Intensification and infill can often be problematic if not designed for from the outset. This is because windows, outdoor spaces, and driveways on adjacent sections can limit the opportunity for a future dwelling to be accommodated without creating use conflicts and nuisances such as noise and overlooking. 

Where a subdivision is proposed in a part of Auckland that could support future intensification (e.g. areas that are close to a town centre), consideration should be given to how any future redevelopment could be undertaken as easily as possible. This could be accommodated in lot sizes, the location of landscaping areas or building platforms, and wherever possible the provision for future vehicle access and private infrastructure pipes in ways that will serve multiple lots.​​

Better Design Practice

  • Density should be carefully integrated with open spaces, views, and outlook. 
  • Specify building platforms, vehicle crossings and outdoor living spaces so that future development can be accommodated successfully, for both existing and future residents. 
  • Locate the highest density of properties in areas of highest amenity.

Rules of Thumb

1. Locate the smallest lots close to open spaces and other amenities, which could include views or outlook opportunity.


This means lots with smaller private open space benefit from the public spaces and amenities.