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Notification agreed for Pakinui structure plan

Published 11 August 2010

Waitakere City Council’s planning & regulatory committee approved a private plan change for notification yesterday to introduce the Pakinui structure plan.


The plan change affects an area between Swanson & Waitakere, on Waitakere City’s border with the Rodney district, and proposes providing subdivision potential for 180ha in the 700ha Pakinui catchment.


Planning consultant Peter Hall, from Boffa Miskell Ltd, told councillors yesterday the structure plan had been in development for a decade: “When it was prepared originally in 2000-02, it was advanced as a council-led plan change, but the council asked for further work.


“It’s fair to say the plan change has stalled in the interim. The residents sought advice last year about what to do. There are 34 landowners. 31 of the 34 have given their written support to the structure plan.”


The structure plan area is bound by Amreins, McEntee & Sunnyvale Rds and the district boundary. Mr Hall said the average site density would fall from 5.2ha now to 1.8ha if the change went through. Current land uses include intensive poultry farming, horticulture, pasture & lifestyle living. There are also extensive areas of established & regenerating native bush.


The plan change will be notified by the Waitakere council and it will then be handed over to the new Auckland Council for processing beyond 1 November.


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Council says 435ha MUL shift will create 30,000 jobs

Published 8 March 2010

Waitakere City Council welcomed the Auckland Regional Council’s decision to make the metropolitan urban limit shifts at Hobsonville & Massey North operative, saying it would enable about 30,000 jobs to be created.


The chairman of the city council’s northern strategic growth area urban development committee (NorSGA), Linda Cooper, said the announcement would bring certainty to the region in terms of development potential: "It ensures regional economic growth and a number of social & transport benefits for the Westgate-Hobsonville area & its immediate community.” The shift in the urban limit becomes operative on Friday 12 March, freeing up an extra 435ha for urban development. 125.5ha will be industrial, 30.5ha commercial, 95ha residential, 17ha will be used for community facilities, including a library, and 36ha for mixed use. Roads & reserves will take up 160ha. Cllr Cooper said about 20,000 jobs would be created by industrial development at Hobsonville Village & the airbase and another 10,000 at the new Westgate town centre, which will be linked to the existing centre.

Cllr Cooper said some of the council’s plans & changes to its district plan were still the subject of appeals, but the work in the background was well advanced: “The extension to State Highway 18 is well on track and the Hobsonville Land Co has begun earthworks for its major residential development. Plans are also well underway for Yard 37, New Zealand’s superyacht precinct in Hobsonville.”


Cllr Cooper also quoted NZ RPG Ltd director Mark Gunton saying confirmation of the shift in th urban limit gave the company the confidence to press on with development of its 40ha.


Earlier stories:

18 November 2009: Opposition pushes Massey North start out 8 years from conception

22 May 2009: Waitakere councillor takes swipe at ARC over procrastination

5 March 2009: Council approves design guidelines for Massey North & Hobsonville industrial areas

19 December 2008: Expanded Westgate a new Newmarket? Link: MUL extension


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Waitakere councillor takes swipe at ARC over procrastination

Published 22 May 2009

Waitakere City councillor Linda Cooper took a swipe on Wednesday at the Auckland Regional Council for continued delays to its Massey North & Hobsonville developments.


Cllr Cooper, who chairs Waitakere’s north-west urban development committee and is Waitakere’s representative on the regional transport committee, told the regional committee delays by the regional council were putting the entire development & its associated transport benefits at risk.


Cllr Cooper said in a later release: “This is an urgent request to the ARC to stop blocking the development & the major transport benefits it will bring to the North-west & region as a whole.


“The Massey North, Hobsonville Village & Hobsonville airbase developments are a regional priority expected to generate 15,000 jobs & 3000 new dwellings by 2021.


“The ARC is holding out on appeals to Waitakere City Council’s plan changes, which give effect to the metropolitan urban limit shift & regional plan change 6, even though the ARC has already approved in principle the development in plan change 6.


“The distance that people need to travel to work or go shopping will be reduced significantly. The benefits include an estimated 3.8km reduction in average vehicle trip length, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and public transport trips expected to increase at least 5%.


“Waitakere residents will have more local job & amenity opportunities, so will not have to leave the area to go to work, resulting in more even traffic flows along state highways 18 & 16.


“The ARC must stop dragging the chain with these appeals. It needs to urgently understand that this incurs extra costs for the developers and affects their ability to provide the planned transport & stormwater benefits. The developers are incredibly frustrated with the lack of speed & co-operation from the ARC. The ARC needs to actively support the development and not subvert the process.


“The planning for the northern regional strategic growth area (NorSGA – Massey North, Hobsonville Village & Hobsonville airbase) is a good example of integrated land use & transport planning and gives effect to the goals of the regional land transport strategy.


“There are huge transport & environmental benefits placing jobs close to where people live, and it fits entirely with the objectives of the regional land transport strategy & regional growth strategy.


“Integrated transport plans were prepared first, at the stage when the extension to the metropolitan urban limit was proposed, and adjusted recently when developers presented their comprehensive development plans for their first stage of development.”


Cllr Cooper said the Waitakere council involved the regional council, Auckland Regional Transport Authority & Transit NZ (now NZ Transport Agency) throughout the planning for the metropolitan urban limit shift. The joint hearings panel decided to incorporate a shift in the urban limit for Massey North, Hobsonville Village & Hobsonville airbase and the regional council confirmed that decision. The appeals against the shifts (plan change 7) have been resolved, but Cllr Cooper said the regional council was holding out on confirming that plan change 7 is fully operative.


Earlier stories:

5 March 2009: Council approves design guidelines for Massey North & Hobsonville industrial areas

19 December 2008: Expanded Westgate a new Newmarket?

30 August 2005: Update on Hobsonville & Westgate plan changes

27 March 2005: Waitakere wants 3 MUL expansions in growth plan


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Waitakere plan for business improvement district targeted rate

Published 4 May 2008

Jurisdiction: Waitakere City


Applicant: City council


Application detail: Revenue & finance policy, proposed amendment to enable the council to introduce targeted rates to fund the budget requirements of business improvement districts.


Chief executive Vijaya Vaidyanath said the proposal was based on the town centre strategic partnership programme the council endorsed in 2006. The council intends to introduce it to all the city’s town centres over time, and to link it to a strategic planning programme for each town centre, as identified in the council’s growth management strategy.


The council is consulting specifically on a targeted rate for the Te Atatu Peninsula.


Notification date: 1 May


Submission closure date: Tuesday 3 June

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Waitakere City Council progress on growth strategy projects in the final quarter of 2006:

Published 14 January 2007

Intensification of existing urban areas

Great North Rd streetscape renewal concept plan

The Great North Rd precinct streetscape renewal project is a key component to support the council’s vision to develop a central business district in Henderson and to encourage a high level of private development investment in the centre.

The Great North Road project is the second precinct and, being the main entry point & thoroughfare through the centre of Henderson, calls for initiatives that will create the first image of a ‘credible business address’. This will be created by a combination of quality streetscape, a bright & vibrant social atmosphere on the pavement environment, art, way-finding signage & branding, floral gardens & tidy retail frontages.

New Lynn transit-oriented development project

The council’s objective in the stage 3 double-tracking of the Western Line, which started in July 2005, is to get the option of full rail/road grade separation through New Lynn town centre adopted as the preferred option by all the stakeholders. Parallel to this, council staff are working to secure agreement from all government agencies involved to pull together adequate funding for this option. Over the last 6 months Central Government & other government agencies have been considering how this type of large-scale infrastructure project might be delivered. At the time of preparing this report there was yet to be a formal decision regarding this project.

Town centre strategic partnerships programme

This programme aims to establish a mutually beneficial partnership structure in Waitakere between the local authority & stakeholders in each town centre. In looking at the various models for engagement, it’s important to build in a local response to the specific needs of each town centre.

The proposed partnership structure will be modelled on existing worldwide examples (mainstreets, business improvement districts & place management principles). Current global trends confirm that such partnerships with common goals lead to improved quadruple-bottom-line results for all participants.

This process is to be applied over time to all Waitakere town centres, ranging from the large centres right through to small villages & strip-shopping precincts. This would be linked to a programme of strategic planning for each of the city’s town centres as identified in the growth management strategy.

Future urban areas

Update on Hobsonville Village concept planning

The proposed plan change 14 relates specifically to the future development of Hobsonville Village. This proposed plan change focused on 2 areas of development. The first was to expand the existing retail activities at the intersection of Clark & Hobsonville Rds, creating a village centre to serve the surrounding residential catchment. The second was to create new employment areas to the west of Hobsonville Village and within the proposed State Highway 18 motorway alignment. This proposed motorway alignment has formed the northern boundary of the council’s proposal to shift the metropolitan urban limit.

After submissions to the notified plan change 14 were lodged, including the council’s own submissions, the council led an inquiry-by-design process to consider its response. The result of the workshop & ongoing consultation with stakeholders has been the development of a revised concept plan.

Westgate/Massey North development framework update

As part of plan change 15, an urban concept plan for the Westgate-Massey North area was notified in March 2005. This plan change included moving the metropolitan urban limit to establish a new town centre & employment precinct in the Westgate-Massey North area.

Plan change 15 consists of policies to guide the overall direction for development of the area and these will be implemented through supporting rules & criteria. An inquiry-by-design workshop was held in November 2005 to consider the first round of submissions and any additional work undertaken to further refine the development framework. This resulted in the preparation of a development framework, which shows in greater detail the location of the various land uses, a local movement network and how the centre will develop over time.

Strategic work has continued on the refinement of the development framework plan.

Rural areas

The Waitakere Ranges visitor strategy – proposed joint project

The Waitakere Ranges already experience a high number of visitors & associated impacts. These pressures will continue to increase as the Auckland region grows. Visitor activity in the ranges & foothills is associated with a variety of potential opportunities & constraints.

On the one hand, it can offer a high-quality experience and a source of revenue for those who participate in it, but on the other hand it can also have impacts on the environment, such as loss of ecological & landscape values, rubbish, noise, vandalism, demands on infrastructure and disruption of local communities. Such impacts can be avoided or minimised, provided an adequate framework is put in place to properly plan & manage this activity.

A visitor strategy is seen as an important component of the Waitakere Ranges & Foothills protection project, both to ensure that visitor impacts are managed and that opportunities are explored. As with the legislative aspects of that project, there is a need to form a partnership between the regional & city councils, given the strong physical, functional & statutory relationship between the park lands & the heritage area.

A partnership approach will facilitate a co-ordinated approach to managing visitor activity, acknowledging the inter-relationship between the park & the remaining heritage area. It’s proposed to form a steering group, comprising 3 councillors from each council, to oversee the project.

The first task would be to develop an agreed project brief. It’s also proposed to form a stakeholder working group to provide advice on key issues associated with the visitor strategy. After discussions with the political steering group, council staff will report back on the details of the consultation process, including the formation of the stakeholder working group.


Waitakere information access framework – adoption of strategy

The Waitakere information access strategy was modified in 2005 to keep pace with changing technology and a reprioritisation of projects, but essentially the council’s original strategic goals remained the same. The council published the draft strategy in May, followed by public consultation. Meanwhile community representatives have developed a much wider digital city strategy, which outlines goals beyond what a local authority can achieve.

An innovative approach to integrated catchment management planning for Project Twin Streams

Work is under way, with the regional council & Landcare, to prepare an integrated catchment management plan to develop a quadruple-bottom-line plan for the Project Twin Streams catchment. The regional council has agreed in principle to this proposal and its innovative potential to build on the community engagement strategies of Project Twin Streams, to engage communities to take ownership of the water issues in their own catchment. The greatest impact on managing stormwater is through individual & collective behaviour change.

Material in the related stories listed below is from the growth forum agenda, lightly edited and still presented as the council’s views. 

Related stories: Consultation in March on regional sustainability framework

Auckland City Council progress on growth strategy projects in the final quarter of 2006:

Franklin District Council progress on growth strategy projects in the final quarter of 2006:

Manukau City Council progress on growth strategy projects in the final quarter of 2006:

North Shore City Council progress on growth strategy projects in the final quarter of 2006:

Papakura District Council progress on growth strategy projects in the final quarter of 2006:

Rodney District Council progress on growth strategy projects in the final quarter of 2006:

Waitakere City Council progress on growth strategy projects in the final quarter of 2006:


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Update on Waitakere growth strategy

Published 6 August 2006

The item below is derived from Waitakere City Council’s latest report to the Regional Growth Forum.

Councils around the Auckland region report into the forum periodically on what’s happening in their neighbourhood – plans, strategies, sometimes proposals for zone changes or shifts of the urban limit.

Check the links at the foot of the page for details from other reports to the forum’s last meeting, on 5 July.

Intensification of existing urban areas:

Henderson town centre:

The council has an ongoing streetscape renewal project under construction, with the first precinct started in March. Completion was due in July. A template of new street furnishings has been developed, providing a range of paving, seating & general amenity items. The council wants to encourage private redevelopment to also incorporate this range so the end result will be the provision of a high standard of co-ordinated street amenity.

The council will give consideration to public transport access and improved walking & cycling linkages and intends working alongside owners of adjacent buildings and business owners to encourage them to join into the process. Options will be viewed that maximise the ability for natural surveillance & social interaction.

The objective is to link the economic sectors, improve the visual & usable amenity and improve the business opportunities along the way. This sector will also become a strong pedestrian link between all major facilities, Waitakere Central (the new council offices) and the transport interchange.

The concept planning for the rest of the Henderson town centre – Great North Rd from Edsel/Edmonton Rds to Henderson Valley/Alderman Drive, is well under way for construction to start in 2007.

Henderson town centre parking review:

Numerous council units are responsible for managing parking issues either through regulation, asset implementation or planning. Henderson is in a transition period preparing for the development of a central business district. Initially, until the public transport system is fully operative, any additional highrise development in the cbd & its related parking requirements will place parking pressure on the existing public & private parking spaces in the centre.

A number of initiatives are under way to alleviate parking pressures, such as:

business travel management plans
paid long-term parking
new development parking rules
development of new parking buildings, and
safe cycling & walking routes and improved infrastructure to encourage walking.

Business & economic development:

The northern & western sector councils – Waitakere, North Shore & Rodney – held a series of joint business forums in October, November & December 2005. The 3 council have agreed the following principles as providing the policy guidance for planning the location of business development within their territories over the next 20 years, and also to be incorporated into the regional growth strategy review & regional business location strategy workstreams:

Shared opportunity & sufficient land supply, planning for future business location will aim to provide a balance between population growth & employment opportunities such that the northern & western sectors, and their councils, are able to provide local employment for the majority of their populations and economic growth for the region & the country
Balance, increasing the supply of new business land will be achieved through a balance of intensification of existing business land, development of greenfield land, and brownfield development to provide for the operation of the business land demand cycle
Equity, planning for future business location will aim to maintain an equitable ratio of employment land & opportunities within other councils & sectors within the region, and to respond to the demands of the business sector for locational choices in a timely way
Efficiency, future business locations in the northern & western sectors will be planned to maximise the potential for economic development of the region with regard to the location of ferry, rail, bus & roading infrastructure, business demands, supply infrastructure, ports & airports
Intensification, business location planning with the northern & western sectors will aim to encourage intensification of appropriate business land use by adopting policies & strategies to support business intensification while allowing for the dynamics of the business land demand cycle
Innovation, the councils undertake to keep informed about, and to plan for, changes in technology infrastructure, energy supplies & wider macro-economic environment, so future business locations are provided that meet the needs of business and provide for changes in the business environment in a sustainable way
Location & protection, business land should be secured from other uses, affordable, encourage clusters, be well located in relation to residential populations & infrastructure with moderate topography, and be accessible
Strategic infrastructure, the councils will work together to ensure that strategic infrastructure assets are in place & protected for the future (eg, airports, energy supply & generation, education facilities & transport infrastructure)
Leadership, the councils of the northern & western sectors will continue to show strong leadership and will continue to work with economic development agencies, businesses & other agencies (eg, Transit NZ, Ministry of Education, health service providers, Government).

Rural areas:

Swanson structure plan, the Environment Court heard appeals in November 2005 and the decision was still awaited. The structure plan provides for rural subdivision which seeks to achieve environmental enhancement within the Swanson catchment, while being cognisant of future urban development proposed for the adjacent Penihana land (rail station & surrounding area)
Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Bill, the bill was notified in 2005, has just been through hearings and the Local Government & Environment Select Committee is due to report by 21 August
Whenuapai airport special area, a draft plan change was made publicly available, seeking comment until 28 June. This draft seeks to include new policies & a special area rule in the district plan to enable the development, via a comprehensive development plan consent, of a commercial airport in the existing military airbase. It’s expected that the formal plan change will be publicly notified in late August.



The Waitakere council has prepared & submitted a draft response to Arta (the Auckland Regional Transport Authority)’s transport audit criteria, required as supporting information for the council’s applications to shift the MUL (metropolitan urban limit) at Hobsonville Airbase, Hobsonville Corridor & Massey North.

The council sent its response to the audit criteria to Arta, Transit NZ, the regional council & Land Transport NZ in March 2005 and a working group of officials from each agency will consider a number of subsequent issues. The transport audit outlines the following criteria to be addressed or responded to:

an overall transport assessment of land use options
demonstrate how transport investment fits in with the programmed release of land for development
demonstrate the relationship between higher-density development & the provision of public transport
demonstrate the range & quality of choices that will be made available for residents, employees & visitors to, from & within the development
demonstrate how traffic is to be managed in a sustainable manner
demonstrate how the provision for parking will be managed sustainably
demonstrate how travel management plans for new or redeveloping areas will be implemented
demonstrate how any proposed transport infrastructure contributes to a vibrant, liveable & attractive environment with a sense of place.

3 waters

The council has been working closely with regional council staff in developing integrated catchment

management plans for future urban areas in Waitakere City’s northern strategic growth area with plans developed for Hobsonville Peninsula, Waiarohia & Totara catchments. An integrated plan has also been developed for the existing urban area of New Lynn (New Lynn East catchment) to support the council’s Local Government Auckland Amendment Act package of district plan changes. The revised integrated plans were resubmitted to the regional council in April. The council is still awaiting confirmation that the revised plans can be publicly notified.

Social infrastructure

A 2-part project has been developed to help co-ordinate the delivery of social infrastructure into the growth planning for the city’s centres & changing urban form. The first part of the project is to develop a draft social infrastructure planning framework that sets out a range of principles, processes & tools to help plan for the social infrastructure needs of the city.

It’s designed to help identify the typical social infrastructure that might be found in the varying levels of centres, set up processes that will matches these to specific locations and identify how these will be delivered on the ground through such mechanisms as investment plans.

Workshops have been undertaken with government & community agencies to forward the work. The second part of the project is to apply the draft framework to the northern growth area & potentially New Lynn. A workshop is being organised for late September involving government & community agencies & the council to look at social infrastructure needs & location options in these growth areas.

Growth strategy links:


Update on growth strategies around the Auckland region

Update on Auckland City growth strategy

Update on Franklin growth strategy

Update on Manukau growth strategy

Update on North Shore City growth strategy

Update on Papakura growth strategy

Update on Rodney growth strategy

Update on Waitakere growth strategy


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Waitakere progresses several aspects of urban limit changes

Published 5 January 2006

Reports to the Regional Growth Forum by the region’s 7 territorial councils outline the many changes affecting property, particularly around developing town centres. This update is derived from reports to the forum’s November 2005 meeting.

Waitakere City

Intensification of existing urban areas

A New Lynn design workshop was held in October to test rail station double-tracking scenarios as well as detailed investigation of some specific redevelopment sites in the south-east quadrant of New Lynn in the vicinity of the rail station.

The council wants to ensure the redevelopment of these sites is undertaken within an overall framework that delivers the desired compact & intensive urban form development outcomes sought for the town centre.

Business/economic development

Waitakere, North Shore & Rodney councils held a series of 3 business futures workshops between 5 October-9 December, aimed at helping the regional council in its review of the regional growth strategy, the draft Auckland business location strategy and the regional business land plan. It’s also intended to help shape a northern & western sector position on economic development and planning for a robust urban form that supports business & investment in the region.

Future urban areas

The council lodged metropolitan urban limit applications with the regional council for proposed future urban areas (Hobsonville Airbase, Hobsonville Village & Massey North) as part of Waitakere’s Local Government (Auckland) Amendment Act package of plan changes. The city council updated the forum in August on extra work & supporting information and this was assessed by the regional council to determine if it was enough to proceed to the hearings stage. Regional councillors considered this in the confidential section of the regional strategy & policy planning committee’s November meeting and released no minutes on it.

Rural areas

The Swanson structure plan was heard by the Environment Court in November. It provides for rural subdivision, intended to achieve environmental enhancement within the Swanson catchment while recognising future urban development proposed for the adjacent Penihana land (rail station & surrounding area). The future urban component of development (Penihana) isn’t identified for

sequencing & development until after 2011, putting it in the council’s stage 2 MUL shift, for years 10-20.

The Waitakere, Rodney District & regional councils renotified the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Bill in November and it was on public view until 20 December. The Rodney council has endorsed the area within Rodney to be included in the heritage protection area.


The city council is continuing to work with the regional council, Arta (the regional transport authority), Transit NZ, Land Transport NZ, Housing NZ & other agencies in the planning of Waitakere’s northern strategic growth area and working through transport issues.

Waitakere is working with Arta to develop the criteria for a transport audit, required for the proposed metropolitan urban limit shifts at Massey North, Hobsonville Village & Hobsonville Airbase. Waitakere & Arta are exploring a standardised & robust methodology, as Arta will now require transport audits for any proposed urban limit changes, structure planning processes or proposals for major trip-generating activities in the region.

The next steps of detailed transport investigation into road layout, modelling traffic & public transport and town centre designs for the proposed new urban limit areas are in progress, with a target of February to complete this stage.

Council staff have prepared a 10-year transport infrastructure programme, including significant roading, public transport, travel demand management and walking & cycling initiatives, which support the proposed district plan changes.

Waitakere has notified for accommodating intensification in existing urban areas as well as future new urban areas in the northern strategic growth area.


Integrated catchment management plans have been prepared and lodged with the regional council for proposed development in future urban areas – Hobsonville Airbase, Hobsonville Village & Massey North – as well as for New Lynn East (associated with the district plan changes notified for the redevelopment & intensification of the New Lynn town centre). This technical work will be an important component of how to integrate the desired compact urban form outcomes and infrastructure requirements within an environmentally sustainable context.

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