The brownfield bounce

Shane Martin, David Norman
Auckland Council Chief Economist
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Land can be defined as brownfield or greenfield. Brownfield development occurs on land that has already been developed and therefore has existing infrastructure. Greenfield construction is done on land that has not been previously developed, usually further from the CBD.

Over the three years prior to adoption of the Unitary Plan, the share of development happening in brownfield areas fell steadily.

In the months immediately following the adoption of the Unitary Plan, this trend continued, creating questions over how effective the Unitary Plan would be in stimulating brownfield growth.

However, since the second half of 2017, the market appears to be strongly responding to the Unitary Plan upzoning, with huge growth in brownfield consents, even as total building consents issued also continue to rise.

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Last updated: 2018-09-20