Published 5 October 2009
Work is under way on detailed plans for the second stage of Flat Bush – New Zealand’s largest new town at 1700ha, in Manukau City.
Meanwhile, the next iteration of the masterplan for Flat Bush’s 20ha town centre will be reviewed in the next few week. Melview Developments Ltd (Nigel McKenna) won that job late last year, but since then the economic downturn has had widespread impacts and Melview’s own business has been savaged, with 2 companies working on the first stage of the Kawarau Falls Station resort development near Queenstown in receivership.
For the wider Flat Bush area, a draft masterplan is being developed for about 440ha, covering an area south of Flat Bush School Rd & east of Murphys Rd, as well as vacant land around Barry Curtis Park.
Manukau City Council city form & environment portfolio leader Sharon Stewart said on Friday the wider masterplan would help get the basics right before development began in the Flat Bush stage 2 area: “The masterplan will help make sure Flat Bush works well for the people living there. It will look at how all the elements of an area – for example streets, footpaths, open spaces & buildings – work well together for the people who use them daily.
“The masterplan will be a key part of the district plan change process. In March or April next year the council will be asking for public feedback on the draft masterplan & associated draft plan change 20.”
Cllr Stewart said Flat Bush would be home to at least 40,000 people by 2020, a similar population to Nelson’s.
“The new town has a unique focus on environmental sustainability – for example, natural waterways & gullies are being retained to create a 45km green network throughout Flat Bush. As well as providing a slice of nature only 5 minutes’ walk from most households, they are also important in managing stormwater and providing for wildlife & native bush.”
Council company Tomorrow’s Manukau Properties Ltd owns the town centre land and has an agreement with Melview Developments to complete the town centre design & develop it.
Flat Bush will also have 5 smaller neighbourhood centres & a mixture of housing densities. 7n new state schools will be built, as well as the Baverstock Oaks primary school, which opened in 2005.
One of the major features of Flat Bush will be the 94ha Barry Curtis Park, which has been designed to create “a regionally significant park that reflects the people & cultures of Manukau”.
12 January 2009: McKenna says Melview’s Flat Bush town centre work on course
19 November 2008: Melview seeks public views on Flat Bush town centre draft masterplan
31 October 2008: Flat Bush masterplan unveiled on 13 November
7 October 2007: Manukau signs Melview up for Flat Bush
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Attribution: Council release, phone interview, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.