Auck­land looks to Van­cou­ver model

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Auck­land mayor Len Brown says those seek­ing good ex­am­ples of hous­ing den­sity should look at a new re­port on Van­cou­ver’s ex­pe­ri­ence of ur­ban in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion.

‘‘I would en­cour­age any Auck­lan­ders who are con­cerned about the im­pact of greater ur­ban den­sity to check out this re­port,’’ Mr Brown says.

‘‘It shows that, with the right ap­proach, it’s pos­si­ble to build a more in­ten­si­fied city that is more live­able and af­ford­able, and that res­i­dents are proud of.’’

Van­cou­ver also has a cen­tral isth­mus and low-rise sub­urbs spread­ing out from the cen­tral city.

‘‘The city faced many of the growth chal­lenges Auck­land now faces. They re­sponded with a sim­i­lar ap­proach to Auck­land – plan­ning for more den­sity as well as al­low­ing for staged growth around the edges.’’

The re­port, Learn­ing from Van­cou­ver, was pre­pared for the Auck­land Coun­cil by isth­mus re­search.

It can be viewed at sha­peauck­land.co.nz.

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