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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

What will Albany look like in the future

Albany has a significant strategic role as one of Auckland's three key nodes outside of the city centre. It will continue to evolve and develop over time to become the key node for the north of Auckland.

It is an important node for the north. It will help to support the future urban areas of Wainui, Silverdale and Dairy Flat as they develop.

Albany has significant opportunities for additional business and residential growth.

It will be a focal point for future employment, business activity, social facilities and services all of which will support a growing population.

​History of the Albany area

The Albany area has a long development history.

Planning for the urbanisation of the area began in the 1960s, when it was a predominantly rural area.

Over the next five decades, the area steadily grew and was further assisted by the North Shore City Council purchasing key land holdings and selling them to developers to facilitate further development.

Significant change occurred in the 1990s, when the extension of the Northern Motorway made new urban developments in and around Albany possible.

Albany Westfield, one of New Zealand's largest shopping centres, opened in 2007.

The opening of the Northern Busway and the associated park and ride facility in Albany in 2008 formed an important part of Auckland's Rapid Transport Network and reduced travel times from Albany to central Auckland. 

Future development of Albany

In the future Albany is likely to experience higher-density residential and mixed-use developments, with good transport connections, including high-frequency public transport.

Interest and significant investment in both commercial and residential development is evident through a number of recent large developments such as the Rose Garden Apartments and Library Lane.

In order for Albany to be successful as a key node, it needs to be an attractive place to live, work and visit, with vibrant commercial, entertainment and retail areas.

Albany's existing strengths include:

  • tertiary education facilities, such as Massey University
  • local schools
  • a large retail offer
  • sporting facilities such as the QBE Stadium and Albany Stadium Pool.

These strengths provide a basis for development of the wider area.

In addition to Albany itself, the surrounding business and industrial areas of Rosedale and Apollo Drive continue to grow, offering an increasing range of services and jobs.

In the year to June 2017, over 7700 square metres of new industrial floor space was completed in and around Albany. (CBRE, 2017).

The range of industries and services on offer in the wider area is also expanding.

Further development of Albany's core and surrounding business areas will result in a well-connected northern hub that provides a range of employment options, commercial and retail opportunities, community and civic activities, and more housing options. 

Reference

CBRE Research Subscriber Updates, Auckland Industrial Space Market Trends. June 2017 and Dec 2016.