Feedback wanted on plans to develop local rural land

Local residents are being asked to give feedback on a draft strategy to determine the sequence and timing for 11,000ha of greenfield land to be made ready for urban development over the next 30 years.

The land is zoned Future Urban in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan and is within the Rural Urban Boundary.

Its future development will make a significant contribution toward meeting Auckland’s expected residential and business growth.

The draft Future Urban Land Supply Strategy focuses on land located in many areas in Auckland, but in the Franklin region there are sites planned in Opaheke-Drury, Karaka, Paerata and Pukekohe The land is mainly rural at the moment, so development cannot occur until bulk infrastructure is in place.

The strategy aims to provide a logical sequence for when the land can be made development-ready through the coordination and delivery of the necessary bulk infrastructure.

The proposal does not reconsider the location of the Rural Urban Boundary and the Future Urban zone. These matters will be determined by the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel.

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse says accommodating growth comes at a significant cost with preliminary bulk infrastructure needs estimated at $13.7 billion for getting these areas ready for development.

“The area we’re talking about with this land is equivalent to one and a half 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 and timing to make these areas developmentready.

That’s why we’re c o n s u l t i n g Aucklanders, asking for their views on the proposed sequencing,” she said.

Public consultation will run from 17 July to 17 August 2015.

There will be a number of locally held “Have your say” events in the north, north-west and south.

Feedback will help inform the final version of the strategy.

Council says the strategy will provide greater clarity and certainty to everyone about where and when Auckland’s future greenfield land will be made ready for development.

For more information and a feedback form, go to shapeauckland.co.nz from 17 July or phone 09 301 0101.

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