Revealed: Images show what Auckland could look like in 20 years

Auckland Council has released images showing what Auckland could look like in 20 years, and it's asking the public to have their say.

On Tuesday, the planning committee approved consultation on new designs to update the city centre masterplan.

The Council says the designs reveal a "friendly, safe and vibrant place" with "more green space, modern trams and pedestrianised streets buzzing with people".

What the 'Grafton Boulevard' regeneration could look like.
What the 'Grafton Boulevard' regeneration could look like. Photo credit: Auckland Council / Supplied

Mayor Phil Goff says Auckland is growing at an unprecedented rate and the new designs will create a city centre that Aucklanders will be proud of.

"Over the next 10 years, there will be eight times as many people using the waterfront area every day," he says.

"The completed Commercial Bay precinct alone will house 10,000 workers, and pedestrian traffic at Britomart is set to double when the City Rail Link opens in 2024.

"The new city centre masterplan will help accommodate our record growth and ensure that central Auckland develops as a vibrant and world-class destination for people."

What the Lower Queen Street regeneration could look like.
What the Lower Queen Street regeneration could look like. Photo credit: Auckland Council / Supplied

The designs comprise of three concepts to unlock the city and improve sustainability, mobility, and economic opportunity.   

A new mobility plan, 'Access for Everyone', will create a low-emissions zone in our city centre. The Council says this will improve public transport and pedestrianisation options.

'Māori Outcomes' will provide all Aucklanders and visitors with a deeper understanding of Mana Whenua.

And the 'Grafton Boulevard' regeneration will unite Parnell with the city centre and waterfront, creating a new liveable district for 4000 residents.

Auckland Design Office general manager Ludo Campbell-Reid says the blueprints will accommodate a rapidly changing Auckland.

"There are more cranes in Auckland's skyline than any city in the whole of the US at the moment so the current plans are underway and being delivered at an unprecedented scale," he told Newshub.

The public consultation opens mid-August and will run until late September 2019.

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