Medium density residential standards
The Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act (the Act) requires medium density residential standards (MDRS) for specified urban areas, to enable a wider variety of housing choice.
New Zealand has a shortage of affordable housing, especially in our main urban areas. Most residential zones currently allow only a single dwelling per site and have two-storey height restrictions in urban residential areas.
The Act requires councils in the greater urban areas of Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, and Rotorua Lakes district to apply the MDRS to most of their existing residential areas as part of their plans from August 2022. Other (tier 2 and 3) councils experiencing acute housing needs may also be required to include the MDRS in their plans.
These standards will enable people to develop up to three dwellings on each site, each being up to three storeys, without needing to apply for a resource consent. This is provided all other rules and standards in relevant plans have been complied with.
Tier 1 council and Rotorua Lakes district plans must include the MDRS shown in the table below (or standards that enable more intensification than these) from August 2022.