Apartment buildings represent an increasing portion of Auckland's residential stock, therefore their capacity to support the needs of a diverse society is becoming more important.
- Apartment buildings provide a diversity of apartment types and sizes that cater for different household requirements
- Ensure that apartment developments cater for families and other large household groups. Provide good levels of amenity both inside and outside for larger groups and children
- Provide a mix of housing tenure including affordable housing.
- The ground floor apartments in a development maximise the opportunity to provide for a range of lifestyle options, particularly families with children and people with limited mobility
Provide more than one apartment type in all developments of ten or more units.
Ensure the design of the apartments is ‘tenure blind’ (i.e. affordable and private stock are indistinguishable in design terms), and avoid large areas of the same tenure.
This includes designing for both rental and owner occupied accommodation.
Refine the appropriate apartment mix for a location by considering population trends as well as current market demands, and note the apartment’s location in relation to public transport, public facilities, employment areas, schools, universities and retail centres.
Locate a mix of apartments on the ground level where units are more accessible for the disabled, the elderly and families with children.
Develop flexible apartment configurations that will support a variety of household changes and alternative uses in the future. Ensure larger apartments (three or more bedrooms) are provided, particularly on the ground floor.