5.2.2 The council’s plans and budgets


The Governing Body approves the Auckland Plan and the key region-wide plans and strategies that will deliver it. The relationship between these plans is set out in this diagram:

Region Wide Strategies and Plans

  1. Auckland Plan 

    Auckland Council is required to prepare a 30-year spatial plan. The Auckland Plan is a broad long-term strategy for managing the growth and development of Auckland over the next 30 years.  The council must work with stakeholders (including central government, businesses, and communities) to prepare the plan. For further information on the current Auckland Plan 2050, see The Auckland Plan on Auckland Council's website.

  2. The long-term plan (known as Auckland’s 10-year budget) 

    The council sets out the 10-year budget in its long-term plan. This is reviewed every three years, so each long-term plan has detailed information for the first three years, and then general information for years four to ten. Long-term plans describe the future focus of council activities, the intended community outcomes and provide communities with a basis for holding the governing body accountable [1]. The latest version is the Long-term Plan 2018-2028.

  3. Annual Plan 

    Every year, the council must adopt an annual plan (and budget) for the following financial year. It must also identify variations from any budgets that have been allocated in the relevant long-term plan [2]. Auckland council’s annual plan also contains the 21 local board agreements, and a summary of the Maunga Authority operational plan (the annual budget and work programme description for the Maunga Authority, which was established as a result of a Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi settlement). For more information, see Section 13.3.4: Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority.

  4. Unitary Plan  

    The unitary plan is Auckland’s planning rulebook, prepared under the Resource Management Act. It sets out what can be built and where, along with the objectives, policies and rules for the management of natural and physical resources – including urban, rural and marine environments. The plan replaced 13 district and regional plans, as well as the Regional Policy Statement. Further information can be found here.



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