Land uses in the area have evolved from shipbuilding and orchards to dairy and sheep farms.
Horticulture, winemaking, dairying, tourism and forestry are now key contributors to the local economy.
Lifestyle blocks, retirement housing and holiday homes have also become increasingly popular.
Significant residential and employment growth is expected over the next 30 years with around 1100 hectares earmarked as future residential and business land.
This could accommodate approximately 7500 additional dwellings, or an additional 20,000 people.
The 2015 population was approximately 4500, so the anticipated growth will require investment in supporting infrastructure including transport, water and wastewater upgrades.
Future development of Warkworth
The development of quality transport links within Warkworth, as well as between Warkworth, Northland and the rest of Auckland will be critical to supporting the town's future growth.
The Pūhoi to Warkworth Road of National Significance, Ara Tūhono, will be completed in late 2021 as will the Matakana Link Road.
These projects will take through-traffic and freight away from the town centre and improve travel times to and from Warkworth.
Development will be staged over the next 20 years, reflecting demand and the provision of the necessary infrastructure upgrades.
A structure plan for Warkworth will refine the staging and timing of development and will identify the mix and location of housing, employment, retail, commercial and community facilities.