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Anticipated growth - where and when

Growth is enabled throughout most of Auckland's urban footprint. However, much of it is expected to be concentrated in the city centre, nodes, development areas and future urban areas.

Growth in these areas is expected to require substantial investment in infrastructure and services over a sustained period of time.

Development areas

Development areas are specific locations that are expected to undergo a significant amount of housing and business growth in the next 30 years.

Planning and investment will be targeted and prioritised to these areas where the greatest development capacity is taken up.

The timeframes for the development areas indicate when development is likely to happen at scale.

This estimated timing is based on market attractiveness, major committed or planned projects, or each area's capacity to accommodate additional growth.

Development areas may require further planning and investment in amenity and community facilities, as growth occurs, to cater for the greater number of people living there.

This support is likely to continue over the medium to long term and, in many cases, beyond the timeframes indicated. 

​Future urban areas

New communities will be established in future urban areas on the fringe of Auckland's existing urban area and in rural and coastal settlements.

In future urban areas, the Future Urban Land Supply Strategy 2017 (PDF 3.9MB) sequences when land will be live zoned, based on when necessary bulk infrastructure will be available.

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Development Strategy - Sequencing and Timing of Growth

Map published 5 June 2018

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Years 1 to 3 (2018 to 2021)

The areas where growth is expected in the first three years have been identified as those where there has been previous planning and commitments are in place.

In the case of the future urban areas, they have been given a 'live zone' in the Auckland Unitary Plan


Years 4 to 10 (2022 to 2028)

A number of the areas identified in the one-to-three year period will continue into years 4 to 10.

New areas are likely to become more market attractive after the completion of the City Rail Link, which will improve accessibility to and from Auckland's west including Morningside, Mt Albert, and Henderson. 

The completion of Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative will enable growth in Pakuranga. 

Infrastructure projects in greenfield areas, including the state highway link that is currently under construction between Pūhoi and Warkworth, will enable growth in Warkworth north.

Wastewater upgrades will enable growth in Drury West and Pukekohe. 

​Years 11 to 30 (2029 to 2048)

In years 11 to 30 there will be continued support for projects already initiated in the first decade, but there is less certainty over when additional areas will undergo development.

Areas that are likely to commence significant development in this timeframe include those where accessibility to employment is improved through the City Rail Link and the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative.

Investment in significant bulk infrastructure projects in future urban areas will enable development of remaining areas, including Warkworth, Whenuapai, Opaheke, Drury, Red Hills and Kumeū-Huapai-Riverhead.

Takanini has the most significant constraint and has been sequenced later in the 20 to 30 year timeframe.

​Overview of sequencing (30 years from 2018 to 2048)

Timeframe for significant enabling infrastructure projects

Auckland's strategic infrastructure networks provide essential bulk services that enable the growth anticipated over the life of the Auckland Plan 2050.  The timing of the significant projects that have been either committed or signalled. 

​Auckland Council projects identified in decade 1 are funded in the 10 -year Budget 2018 - 2028.

Council projects in years 11-30 are identified in Auckland’s 30-year Infrastructure Strategy (PDF 4.26MB). It also shows the current 'most likely scenario' for infrastructure investment over the life of the Auckland Plan 2050.

New Zealand Transport Agency projects are subject to funding by central government.

The timing of these key projects helps to inform a broad understanding of when and where growth at scale is likely to occur.

Investment in stormwater infrastructure is not included in the PDF above due to the typically smaller scale and short lead-in time for investment needed to enable growth.  Further information on planned investment in stormwater infrastructure is available in the 30-year Infrastructure Strategy.

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