What’s this all about?
In March 2012, Auckland Council identified Warkworth as a satellite town meaning it was earmarked for significant growth with the population expected to increase from 4,500 in 2015 to 25,000 between 2033 and 2037.
To cater for this population growth, over 1,000 hectares of land around Warkworth has been zoned ‘Future Urban’. This means it can be used for urban development sometime in the future, but there are no other zoning rules (yet) about the specific kinds of development that could happen on that land.
To help the community determine what will happen in this future urban area and how it will connect with the existing town, a ‘skeleton’ plan has been developed to start the conversation about growth in Warkworth. It identifies possible:
- routes for arterial roads, cycleways, walkways and greenway trails
- broad areas for residential, open space, and industrial land use
- general locations for core community facilities e.g. schools and active recreational areas
- general locations for future commercial centres
- the interrelationships between all the above
The hope is this ‘skeleton’ will become a community-led spatial plan that can be used to inform private structure plans by landowners, and contribute to the development of Council’s more detailed Structure Plan, which will set out the pattern housing, employment, open spaces and new centres along with the timing for providing infrastructure such as roading, water and wastewater.
It is important that a spatial plan is completed now because landowners (families and developers) are already planning significant development – it is understood that about 1500 new properties are already in the pipeline.
We believe that a loose framework (skeleton) is needed on which to base detailed development plans – without it we risk individual plans being developed solely by the requirements of (and appeals against) existing planning rules with no consideration for the big picture and how these plans fit together.
People have said they want an opportunity to shape how our town develops before it’s too late. This is your chance!
To get things going a small group of volunteers with a passion for seeing Warkworth reach its full potential, has worked together to come up with a proposal showing how the future urban zoned areas may be developed. They believe this framework has just enough thought and detail to start a conversation and inform more detailed planning including a structure plan, which Council may start in late 2017.
Who is the group of volunteers?
They are locals with extensive knowledge of the characteristics of Warkworth, good connections within local government and various relevant agencies, and expertise in town planning, engineering, development and communications.
- Ian Hutchinson – Hutchinson Consulting Engineers
- Burnette Macnicol – OPC – Creative Planning Solutions
- David Hay – OsborneHay Resource Management Practice
- Hamish McDonald – Arcticos Ltd
- John Wynyard – Retired farmer & former councillor
- Roger Thorburn – Roger Thorburn Consulting Engineer
- Steve Jack – Hollis and Scholefield Ltd
- Tony Hayman – Buckton Consulting Surveyors
- Rachel Callender – Zest Communications
Contact any member of the group by emailing email@example.com
We promise, that this exercise has been undertaken in utmost good faith and in a holistic manner, for the betterment of the community at large and not to directly or indirectly benefit any one vested interest.