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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 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 (refer to table below and infrastructure section), 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 in the table below.

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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Expected timeframe of development in Auckland

Development areas*

Years 1 – 3 (2018 – 2020) Years 4 – 10 (2021 – 2027) Years 11 – 30 (2028 – 2048)
City centre Mt Roskill-Three Kings Outer West (Te Atatu South)
Albany Inner West (Mt Albert, Morningside, St Lukes, Newton) Outer West (Sunnyvale, Glendene)
West  (Avondale, New Lynn) Dominion Road Greenlane-Ellerslie
Westgate Māngere Pakuranga  (Highland Park, Pakuranga Corridor)
Takapuna-Northcote Papatoetoe (Papatoetoe, Hunters Corner) West (Glen Eden, Fruitvale)
Tāmaki (Glen Innes, Tāmaki, Panmure) Outer West (Te Atatu Peninsula) Birkenhead
Ōtāhuhu Sylvia Park Sunnynook
Manukau Pakuranga
Onehunga Outer West (Henderson)

Future Urban Areas**

Years 1 – 3 (2018 – 2020) Years 4 – 10 (2021 – 2027) Years 11 – 30 (2028 – 2048)
All future urban live zoned areas Pukekohe Warkworth South
Silverdale West - Dairy Flat (business) 2018–2022 Cosgrave Road, Takanini Whenuapai Stage 2
Paerata (remainder) 2018-2022 Red Hills North
Kumeu Huapai Riverhead
Puhinui (remainder)
Drury West Stage 2
Warkworth North East
Wainui East (remainder)
Silverdale Dairy Flat (remainder)


*For more information: The Auckland Plan Development Areas 2018 (PDF 0.45 MB) provides further detail on sequencing and timing of future urban areas.

**For more information: The Future Urban Land Supply Strategy 2017 (PDF 3.98MB) provides further detail on sequencing and timing of future urban areas.


Years 1 to 3 (2018 to 2020)

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 (2021 to 2027)

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 Puhoi and Warkworth, will enable growth in Warkworth north.

Wastewater upgrades will enable growth in Drury West and Pukekohe. 

​Years 11 to 30 (2028 to 2038)

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 Kumeu-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 or critical bulk services.  They influence where and when significant growth can occur. The following table identifies the timing of the significant projects that have been either committed or signalled.

However, the table gives indicative timing of projects to provide for Auckland's growth. It does not confirm project funding nor, in consequence, the timeframe in which projects will necessarily commence.

Project funding is done through separate processes that infrastructure providers follow.

In the case of transport projects, funding processes such as the Regional Land Transport Plan or Auckland Council's Long-Term Plan are also subject to changes to the Government Policy Statement on land transport.

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


Expected timeframe of enabling infrastructure projects in Auckland

Strategic public transport network projects

​Years 1 - 3 (2018 - 2020)​Years 4 - 10 (2021 - 2027)​Years 11 - 30 (2028 - 2048)
  • ​City Rail Link
  • Northwest Rapid Transit (City centre to Westgate)
  • City centre to Mt Roskill light-rail
  • Eastern Busway (Panmure to Botany)
  • Airport to Manukau bus improvements, including Puhinui interchange
  • Northern Busway (Constellation to Albany)
  • Pukekohe rail electrification
  • Lincoln Road bus improvements Stage 1
  • ​Mt Roskill to Airport light rail [see note 1]
  • Botany to Manukau
  • Lincoln Road bus improvements Stage 2
  • Ellerslie to Panmure
  • Upper Harbour Rapid Transit (Westgate to Constellation)
  • Northern Rapid Transit – City centre to Takapuna and
  • Orewa
  • Northwest Rapid Transit (Westgate to Kumeu / Huapai)


​Strategic road network projects

​Years 1 - 3 (2018 - 2020)​​Years 4 - 10 (2021 - 2027)​​Years 11 - 30 (2028 - 2048)
  • ​Southern motorway upgrade (Manukau-Papakura)
  • ​East – West Link [see note 2]
  • SH16-18 interchange completion
  • SH20B upgrade (Airport to Puhinui)
  • Penlink
  • Mill Road
  • SH1 improvements:
    • Papakura to Bombay
    • Puhoi to Warkworth
  • ​Additional Waitematā Harbour crossing
  • SH20/20A improvements (Onehunga to Airport)
  • Northern motorway upgrade (Albany to Silverdale)
  • Westgate to Kumeu corridor
  • Drury to Pukekohe corridor


Wastewater projects

​Years 1 - 3 (2018 - 2020)​​Years 4 - 10 (2021 - 2027)​​Years 11 - 30 (2028 - 2048)
  • ​Central Interceptor
  • Rosedale Treatment Plant capacity
  • Māngere Treatment Plant capacity
  • Newmarket Gully
  • Howick diversion
  • Northern Interceptor Stage 1
  • Southern Interceptor
  • Augmentation Stage 1
  • SW sub-regional wastewater treatment plant and network improvements
  • NE sub-regional wastewater treatment plant and network improvements
  • Army Bay treatment plant capacity and outfall
    Pukekohe Treatment Plant capacity
  • Paerata – Pukekohe Wastewater Network improvements
  • ​Rosedale Treatment Plant capacity
  • Māngere Treatment Plant capacity
  • Northern Interceptor Stage 2
  • Southern Interceptor Augmentation stages 2 and 3
  • SW sub-regional treatment plant (Waiuku) capacity
  • NE sub-regional treatment plant (Snells Beach) capacity
  • Hibiscus Coast wastewater network
  • Pukekohe Treatment Plant capacity


Water supply projects

​Years 1 - 3 (2018 - 2020)​​Years 4 - 10 (2021 - 2027)​​Years 11 - 30 (2028 - 2048)
  • ​Hunua 4 (Market Rd to Khyber)
  • ​Huia water treatment plant capacity
  • Central reservoirs storage
  • Western reservoirs storage
  • Redoubt reservoirs storage
  • North Harbour 2 watermain
  • Warkworth water supply capacity
  • Huia water treatment plant capacity
  • Waikato treatment plant capacity
  • Pukekohe reservoir storage
  • Western reservoirs storage
  • Redoubt reservoirs storage
  • ​Waitematā Harbour Crossing (watermain)
  • Western reservoirs storage
  • Redoubt reservoirs storage
  • Waitākere 2 watermain
  • Warkworth water supply capacity
  • Waikato treatment plant capacity
  • Snells Beach water supply capacity
  • Orewa 3 watermain
  • Pukekohe reservoir storage
  • Western reservoirs storage
  • Redoubt reservoirs storage
  • Waikato 2 watermain



1. ATAP refresh may adjust the timing of this investment.

2: The new government has indicated it will review the form of this project but still intends to progress an improvement in this area.