Tomorrow, Auckland Council presents a tableau of many dots, and you can see them starting to be joined.
It involves infrastructure schemes, structure plans, development in all sectors, piecing together jobs, homes, shopping, amenities. Access is still an issue.
Work on the Drury-Opaheke & Pukekohe-Paerata structure plans began in 2017, well after Stevenson Group Ltd had resolved to develop 361ha between its Drury quarry & the Southern Motorway, primarily for industrial subdivision, and 2 years after Karaka & Drury Ltd (Charles Ma) had 68ha marked as a special housing area.
The 2 structure plans are up for adoption by the council planning committee tomorrow. Council lead planner Craig Cairncross says in his report to the committee: “While adopting the structure plans could create public expectations that the land will be ready to develop in the near future, this risk can be mitigated by key messaging around staging & the sequencing, funding & delivery of bulk infrastructure.”
The council has identified 1900ha immediately surrounding Drury-Opaheke and 1300ha surrounding Pukekohe-Paerata in the Auckland Plan as future urban areas and zoned them future urban in the unitary plan. The 2 structure plans set out the pattern of land uses & the supporting infrastructure network envisaged for them.
The council has modified its plans since 2017 following feedback, including, in 2018:
- More industrial land to provide more local employment opportunities and reduce commuting & wider freight congestion
- Large main centre retained on the eastern side of the Drury motorway interchange
- 2 previous western local centres replaced by one indicative western local centre on Karaka Rd (State Highway 22) near Jesmond Rd
- Smaller centres added to serve local communities
- Pattern of increased residential density near centres & public transport retained
- Indicative transport infrastructure shown in accordance with the integrated transport assessment 2019
- Blue-green network concept: streams, floodplains & parks retained, with some changes to the indicative parks.
More changes have come this year.
- Updated to include the preferred indicative Mill Rd route in the south-eastern part of the structure plan area and consequential changes to collector roads
- Provision of park & rides clarified.
- Centres depicted as indicative locations on the maps, recognising that more detailed work will need to be undertaken at the plan change investigation stage to determine the exact location, extent & zoning of centres
- The western centre location is located only on the north side of Karaka Rd (State Highway 22), between Jesmond Rd & Burberry Road.
Industrial business areas:
- The northern Opaheke industrial business area has been reduced in extent slightly. The area south of Ponga Rd has been changed from proposed business – light Industry to proposed residential – mixed housing suburban between Ponga Rd & the nearby stream
- An additional area of proposed business – light industry has been included between the indicative strategic “Mill Rd”, Fitzgerald Rd & Drury Hills Rd. This replaces the proposed residential – mixed housing suburban previously shown.
- The edge of the proposed industrial business area in south-west Drury has been adjusted, better aligning the zone edge with property boundaries & topography between Great South Rd & Runciman Rd
- The overall area of industrial business land increases slightly as a result of these changes.
The structure plan now lists the outcomes expected for each sub-area in the structure plan area. This has been in part informed by a neighbourhood design statement and includes the main centres, industrial areas, public transport corridors, residential areas & the blue-green network.
“This will guide future plan change preparation to achieve good outcomes,” Mr Cairncross said.
Changes to the Pukekohe-Paerata structure plan since 2017 include:
- Increasing business land, reducing residential land, then reversing those decisions
- A potential local centre in structure plan area D
- Inclusion of indicative open space
- Type of business land refined & proposed to be zoned light industrial & local centre
- Expert technical reports completed or updated, including transport, and business land demand & location analysis
- Environmental information added to maps, eg, 20m riparian buffer along both sides of permanent & intermittent streams & geological features such as tuff rings.
Alliance focuses on transport
Mr Cairncross says the council’s structure plan teams have worked closely with the Supporting Growth Alliance (Te Tupu Ngatahi), a collaboration between the NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport & Auckland Council to identify & protect the preferred transport networks to support Auckland’s planned greenfield growth over the next 30 years.
Papakura concern at the competition
The Papakura Local Board has supported the main centre Drury-Opaheke centre being near the existing Drury village, but has expressed concern about adverse effects from such a centre on the development of Papakura as a metropolitan centre. The 2 centres are 4km apart.
Mr Cairncross says the final size & function of proposed centres will be determined through plan changes, and the analysis in support of those plan changes would need to address any potential impacts on Papakura.
The board also wants green belt buffers separating proposed industrial areas where they border residential areas.
Infrastructure costs not quantified, council providers look at sequencing
The infrastructure costs are large but not quantified, and the thinking remains that providing it is a public sector role. In the north of the region, council company Watercare Services Ltd has been cagey about too many projects being timed simultaneously.
Mr Cairncross says in his report on the southern structure plans: “There are significant costs associated with the infrastructure required to enable/support development within the southern structure plan areas. Very limited council or central government funding is currently available.
“Under the Auckland Council & Crown joint programme of work on Auckland housing & growth, work is being undertaken to confirm the most appropriate sequencing of the key transport infrastructure required to enable growth in the Drury-Opaheke area. Work has also commenced to identify appropriate funding/financing mechanisms to support Auckland’s growth. The outcomes of this & other related work will be reported to the relevant council committee(s) in the new council term.”
- This is one of 2 articles today on development in the south of the Auckland region. The other is an update on progress at Stevenson Group’s Drury South Crossing. A third article outlines the long list of projects on the Auckland Council planning committee’s agenda tomorrow.
Earlier stories relating to Drury:
11 February 2019: Industrial sites are selling as Drury South Crossing kicks into second gear
16 October 2018: Fulton Hogan drops Huntly quarry from Stevenson purchase, Commerce Commission happy
27 April 2018: Southern alternative & Whangaparaoa link the big new ticks in Auckland transport
22 September 2017: Kiwi Property settles second Drury site purchase
13 September 2017: Kiwi Property’s Drury buy approved
10 September 2017: Second round for Auranga precinct confirms Drury as major growth centre
7 April 2017: Kiwi Property plans new town centre next to Stevenson’s Drury development
31 October 2016: Work starts on 3 striking special housing area projects
16 September 2016: 5 special housing areas approved
24 August 2016: Work set to start after fast approval for Auranga special housing area at Drury
4 July 2015: 2 large special housing areas for Franklin
30 August 2013: Drury South industrial area plan change & MUL extension approved
4 September 2012: Drury South plan changes notified
25 July 2012: Stevensons’ plan change for Drury South to be notified
30 December 2011: Drury South industrial zone opponents file petition, but any development is years away
Auckland Council planning committee agenda, Tuesday 6 August at 9.30am, Town Hall – all items:
6.1, Local board input – Aotea/Great Barrier Local Board – dark sky sanctuary
8, Drury-Opaheke & Pukekohe-Paerata structure plans
Attachment A – Drury-Opaheke structure plan 2019 (117 pages)
Attachment B – Pukekohe-Paerata structure plan 2019 (138 pages)
9, Auckland Council & Crown joint programme of work on Auckland housing & urban growth, quarterly update
Signed programme terms of reference
10, Developing an integrated area plan for part of the Albert-Eden & Puketapapa local board areas, and reviewing the Mangere-Otahuhu area plan for part of Mangere
Mt Roskill redevelopment area identified by the urban development group
Mangere redevelopment area identified by the urban development group
Draft process for developing the integrated area plan
Draft process for reviewing, and if needed updating the Mangere-Otahuhu area plan for Mangere
11, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – proposed plan change: Howick business special character area character statement
Howick business special character area character statement
Attachment B – section 32 evaluation report (96 pages)
12, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – request to make plan change 13 – open space, operative
13, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – proposed open space plan change (2019)
Land recently vested or acquired as open space
Open space zoning errors & anomalies
Panuku’s land disposal & rationalisation land parcels
14, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – proposed plan change – chapter L: schedule 14 – addition of 6 historic heritage places (including one historic heritage area
Photos & aerial maps (showing extent of place)
Draft section 32 evaluation report
Proposed amendments to schedule 14.1 & 14.2
15, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – request to make plan change 12 Hobsonville corridor precinct operative
Location of the Hobsonville corridor precinct
16, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – request to make Redhills precinct operative
Redhills precinct plan
17, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – request to make plan change 7 operative in part: additions to schedule 14 historic heritage
Schedule 14.1 – operative in part
Schedule 14.1 – subject to regional coastal plan
18, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – private plan change request from PrimeProperty Group Ltd (Eyal Aharoni, Wellington) to rezone 4.64ha at Foster Crescent, Snells Beach, from residential large lot to single house zone, increasing potential development from 11 lots to 52
Attachment A – Foster Crescent private plan change request (506 pages)
Extract from clause 25 Resource Management Act 1991
19, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – private plan change request from Avondale Jockey Club to rezone land at Avondale Racecourse
Private plan change request
Clause 25, schedule 2, Resource Management Act 1991
Summary of planning committee information memos & briefings
Attachment A – Auckland monthly housing update June
Attachment B – Auckland monthly housing update July
Attachment C – Memo on America’s Cup 36 programme’s engagement with mana whenua
Attachment D – Memo on Auckland Council’s submission on proposed private plan change 25 – Warkworth North
Attachment E – Memo on comprehensive review of the resource management system
Attachment F – Memo on the management of helicopter flights & helicopter landing areas under the Auckland unitary plan (operative in part)
Attachment G – 12 June, Auckland Transport response to Graeme Easte’s presentation at 4 June planning committee on train delays
Attachment H – 24 July, Auckland Airport Northern Network announcement
C1, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – proposed plan change volcanic viewshafts & height sensitive area overlay
Attachments to procedural items
Item 6.1 – Aotea/Great Barrier dark sky sanctuary memo
Item 6.1 – Aotea/Great Barrier dark sky sanctuary presentation
Attribution: Council agenda.