Auckland Council has put a draft strategy on rezoning 11,000ha of future urban land out for public feedback. Public consultation runs from today until Monday 17 August.
The strategy is about determining the sequence & timing for the 11,000ha of greenfield land to be made ready for urban development over the next 30 years.
It’s zoned future urban in the proposed Auckland unitary plan and is inside the rural:urban boundary.
The draft future urban land supply strategy focuses on land located in:
North – Warkworth, Wainui & Silverdale-Dairy Flat
North-west – Whenuapai, Redhills, Kumeu-Huapai & Riverhead
South – Takanini, Opaheke-Drury, Karaka, Paerata & Pukekohe.
The land is mainly rural, so development can’t occur until bulk infrastructure is in place.
Deputy mayor Penny Hulse said yesterday the strategy aimed to provide a logical sequence for when the land can be made development-ready through the co-ordination & delivery of the necessary bulk infrastructure.
The proposal doesn’t reconsider the location of the rural:urban boundary or the future urban zone, which the unitary plan independent hearings panel will effectively determine when it delivers its recommendations to the council.
Mrs Hulse said an estimated $13.7 billion of preliminary bulk infrastructure would be needed to get the nominated areas ready for development: “The area we’re talking about with this land is equivalent to 1.5 times the size of urban Hamilton, so the scale of infrastructure required is enormous. Obviously we can’t develop everywhere at once, so we have to make informed choices on the order & timing to make these areas development-ready.”
Link: Shape Auckland
Attribution: Council release.