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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Attribution: Growth forum, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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