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 as the key node for the north of Auckland.
As the northern node it will help to support the
future urban areas of Wainui East, Silverdale and Dairy Flat as they develop.
Albany has significant opportunities for additional business and residential growth.
It is a focal point for future employment, business activity, social facilities and services all of which will support a growing population.
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.