Region’s future to get mapped out
Some big changes are on the way for the people and businesses of Southern Auckland (between Takanini and Pukekohe) as the city continues to boom.
With 870 new residents are arriving per week, businesses are looking for places to set up shop and the pressures on green space and physical infrastructure (water, waste water, and transport) will become more acute.
Enter the Drury – Paerata – Pukekohe Structure Plan: a road map on how all that yellow Future Urban Zone land will be developed over the next thirty years.
When the Unitary Plan was written, deliberated and finally operative in November 2016 decisions had to be made where people would be housed and where businesses could establish.
The Southern Auckland Future Urban Zone is the largest in Auckland and has capacity for around 55,000 homes (165,000 residents) and 35,000 jobs in both commercial and industry.
Auckland Council has recently decided that the Southern Future Urban Zone will be opened up for development sooner rather than later.
Legislation requires what is called a Structure Plan be written up that will guide the development of the Southern Auckland Future Urban Zone over the life of the Unitary Plan.
Until the 20th of October, Auckland Council via its Shape Auckland website (http:/ /shapeauckland.co.nz/ consultations/help-shape-thefuture-of-drury-and-pukekohepaerata/ ) is asking for the first round of submissions on the Drury and Paerata-Pukekohe Structure Plans.
The documents get technical but I do recommend reading:
- Drury Southern Structure Plan: Planning process
- Drury Southern Structure Plan: Planning overview
- Pukekohe-Paerata Southern Structure Plan: Process.
After that do pop along to one of the drop-in sessions between now and the 14th of October (see the Shape Auckland website on locations and time) and give your feedback to the Council officers present.
I will be going through the documents, hopefully making it to a drop-in session and be giving my feedback on the potential future of Southern Auckland.
I urge you do so as well as the Structure Plan will be mapping out the future of Southern Auckland for the next 30 years ahead.
Ben Ross is an Urban Geographer/Auckland Commentator at Talking Southern Auckland - http://voakl.net
Southern Auckland Future Urban Zone has capacity for 55,000 homes.