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Land Covenants in Auckland and Their Effect on Urban Development

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Land covenants in Auckland, New Zealand, are contracts binding landowners to certain conditions and have become common tools for developers to control land development and maintenance.

While they ensure neighborhood standards and potentially increase property values, they also pose barriers to urban development, especially in areas identified for intensification or expansion. Despite their widespread use, with over 50% of titles issued in 2017 having covenants, their implications are not fully understood due to data storage methods. Solutions to address covenant-induced constraints include introducing time limits, facilitating easier modification processes, and legislative changes allowing public planning documents to override covenants.

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