Warkworth’s current population is around 5,000. It is projected to grow to a substantial satellite town, more than five times the size it is today. Around 1,000 hectares of land has been identified for future urban growth.
Auckland Council is progressing the Warkworth Structure Plan(external link), which is the land use plan for these new neighbourhoods that will be built over the next 10 and 20 years. The Supporting Growth Programme is working closely with Auckland Council to plan ahead and protect the land needed for the future strategic transport projects that will support this growth.
Our aim is to help create a thriving community with great access to a range of safe and efficient transport modes, including frequent public transport to key destinations, good walking and cycling links and upgraded roads.
We are committed to working with property owners, the community, stakeholders, Auckland Council and Manawhenua to develop these plans and progress them through route protection processes over the next few years.
PROGRESS TO DATE:
Since 2015, we’ve worked with Auckland Council to develop a 30-year preferred transport network for Warkworth. This has needed to take account not only of population growth projections, but also when land will be ready for development, according to the Future Urban Land Supply Strategy.(external link) This Council document sets out the timing for the release of greenfield land for development across Auckland’s future urban growth areas. For Warkworth, this is 2022 for Warkworth North, 2028-2032 for Warkworth South and 2033-2037 for Warkworth North East.
In 2018, the programme reassessed the original network plans and investigated options for new or improved transport connections for Warkworth, including:
We talked to Manawhenua, transport stakeholders, local boards and the community to gather feedback on project options. We held meetings, hui and public open days, and received both written and verbal feedback. A summary of the feedback received is available here.
In mid- 2019, we expect to announce the confirmed network and begin detailed business cases for some of the projects. This process is staged, with the aim being route protection of the entire network by 2022.
EARLY PROJECTS UNDERWAY:
ROUTE PROTECTION EXPLAINED:
Route protection is a planning process that enables land to be protected for the future construction of necessary infrastructure such as transport. Route protection can be achieved by successfully applying for statutory approvals (designations) or by agreement with land owners. It provides certainty to landowners and developers about where essential infrastructure will be in the future. The programme’s aim is to protect all of the major strategic projects in our network in a staged way over the next few years.
INFORMATION FOR PROPERTY OWNERS:
The new strategic transport network plans are expected to be approved by the Auckland Transport and NZ Transport Agency boards by mid-2019. We will update property owners, stakeholders and the wider community about the networks, and begin a more detailed design phase as we move towards the preparation of detailed business cases.
Please click here to see our Next Steps [PDF, 54 KB].
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