Auckland Council’s economic development department has completed stage 1 of a new 2-stage evaluation of the region’s business land supply.
One of the terms of the Auckland Plan, approved last year, was that the council ensure the supply of an extra 1400ha of land zoned for business to meet estimated demand over the next 30 years.
The council’s capacity for growth study found the region had 7122ha of business-zoned land at May 2012, of which all but 828ha was in urban areas, and estimated there was capacity for 3233ha more – 716ha vacant, 1262ha potentially vacant & 1255ha of new planned land. In the last category, 870ha was in or next to urban areas, 385ha in or next to rural towns.
The council found there was considerable scope to redevelop existing business land more intensively, but the evaluation also showed some of the capacity was on small or fragmented sites which wouldn’t provide for all business land requirements.
A report by principal advisor David Taylor to the council’s economic forum tomorrow says the region has 793ha of new business land in the pipeline in 4 areas where all the planning & zoning has been done – 301ha in the Mangere Gateway heritage area, 200ha at Auckland Airport, 103ha at Silverdale North & 189ha at Waiuku.
The council’s rural-urban boundary project, being done for the unitary plan, has identified business growth potential in new urban extensions at Silverdale, Whenuapai, Drury, Paerata, Warkworth & Pukekohe, and also signals new town centres to be formed in areas of significant new residential development. It also acknowledges the proposed private plan changes for new business land at Drury South & the Southern Gateway – Puhinui.
The report says the identified areas will provide most of the 1000ha required for land-extensive industrial activities, but further study will be required to establish where new commercial land should be to support new residential development.