FULSS agreed on
From Auckland Council:
Timings agreed for urbanising greenfield areas
The order in which 137,000 future homes can be developed in largely greenfield areas of the north, north-west and south has been approved with the adoption of the Future Urban Land Supply Strategy Refresh.
The original strategy was adopted in 2015 identifying development potential for 11,000ha of future urban land. The Auckland Unitary Plan increased this to about 15,000ha causing changes to be made to the sequencing of land to be made ready for development over 30 years.
The recommended changes were available for public consultation in March and April this year.
Planning Committee chair, Councillor Chris Darby says the council is addressing land supply as a priority.
“With the refreshed strategy and ninety-five percent of the Auckland Unitary Plan now in place we’re doing everything we can to make the necessary land available for more housing.
“These plans ensure a long-term pipeline of land supply that allows for more than 400,000 new dwellings and 277,000 additional jobs over the next 30 years that meets the demands of unprecedented growth.
“Of this around 137,000 homes and 70,000 jobs will come through the refreshed strategy, almost half of which is proposed to be development ready over the next 10 years.
“We can now give developers and future home owners a higher level of certainty over the provision of land for housing and business development with necessary bulk infrastructure and, in turn, they can now starting putting our plans into action”, says Councillor Darby.
The council has also completed technical work around the timing of when bulk infrastructure – such as transport, stormwater, and water and wastewater – is needed which has guided the changes made to the sequencing of some areas.
This provides a better understanding of what infrastructure is required and the costs that need to be met estimated to be around $19 billion over 30 years.
The main change to the recommendations consulted on is to move the Takanini future urban area out by five years to 2043-2047 (due to significant flooding challenges in that area requiring further investigation), and bring forward a small area of land near Cosgrave Road, Takanini to 2023-27.
The proposed sequencing of large future urban areas is:
Brought forward –
Warkworth North, Wainui East, Silverdale (business), Red Hills, Puhinui (part), Wesley (Paerata), Opaheke Drury, Drury West (stage 1), Drury South. part of Takanini south
Moved back –
Kumeu Huapai, Riverhead, Whenuapai (stage 2), Drury West (stage 2), Puhinui (part), Red Hills North, Warkworth North East, Takanini
The full report to the 4 July 2017 Planning Committee meeting is available online ataucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Search Meetings and Agendas.
I was one of the 36% who submitted against the FULSS. My general disagreement was in sequencing as I preferred a sub-regional type system. That is all of Southern Auckland is Decade One, Northern Auckland in Decade Two with North-West Auckland in Decade Three. This allowed the area with best existing infrastructure capacity to go first while the others got their infrastructure up to speed. Once a decade was over the next sub region would start its Greenfield expansion while the previous used that period to build its future infrastructure capacity back up again for their next turn.
This way agglomeration of development across both residential and business could occur within a sub-region best set to deal with it at the the time rather than piece-meal approach the FULSS is now taking. As for Takanini? Zone it industry.