Richmond Housing Choice

Richmond Housing Choice 150pxWhat will the future Richmond housing look like? This section details the work of the Housing Choice for Central Richmond project.

Plan Change Proposed

We’re proposing to change our planning rules to encourage medium density housing in Richmond, close to the town centre.

Reduced household sizes, changes in lifestyles and an ageing population and are resulting in an increased demand for small and compact properties. Changing to medium density residential housing allows greater choice of living opportunities and encourages more efficient use of land and infrastructure.

Indicative Map

Richmond Housing Choice Indicative Map

View a detailed map in the Plan Change Proposal

What is proposed to change?

The proposed changes include new rules for more compact housing with a high standard of amenity -  that is both aesthetically pleasing and  functional to live in .

This means we’re proposing

  • A new minimum lot size of 200 sq m – down from 350 sq m
  • Increased building coverage of 50%
  • Increased building height of  7.5 metres (two storeys)
  • Building setbacks  designed to allow for sun,  light and privacy
  • Requirement of a wall recess, where  an upper floor wall exceeds 12 metres in length
Car parking:
  • Reduced parking of one space per dwelling and one visitor park per three dwellings
Stormwater control:
  • A new permitted stormwater rule
Notification of resource consents:
  • No limited notification of Controlled subdivision applications that comply with the rules (except for special circumstances)
  • No limited notification of Restricted Discretionary Land Use applications  that comply with the rules (except for special circumstances)
  • Recent changes to the Resource Management Act mean public notification of such applications is precluded

Have Your Say by Monday 27 November

You can make submissions on the detailed plan change proposals. 

Advisory Group

The group is no longer active but this page explains why it was set up and its membership.

Documents - Richmond Residential Density Project

A list of documents for the Richmond Urban Density Project.


Here is an example of what a housing development in the Richmond Intensive Development Area could look like.

richmond housing choice concept examples


Further Information

For further information contact Mary Honey or Jacqui Deans.

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