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More farmland is to be snapped up to make way for the continuing sprawl of Auckland's suburbs.
The Auckland Plan Committee today approved a programme to investigate key green field areas of the city so a new rural urban boundary can be set which it's hoped will help meet the area's development needs over the next 30 years.
Areas already ear-marked for growth are Pukekohe, Drury South Karaka and Paerata in the south; Whenuapai and Kumeu-Huapai in the west and Warkworth, and Silverdale West in the north.
The boundary will define the maximum extent of urban development until 2040 and will take in all significant urban areas including the existing urban core, satellite towns, and rural and coastal towns.
Key stakeholders, local boards and communities will now be consulted with.
It is expected the new boundary will allow for 40 per cent of new dwellings to exist outside the current boundary.
"We're looking at a 30 year timeframe and this work is vital to the success of the Auckland Plan in meeting the housing and business land needs of our rapidly growing city," said Councillor Penny Hulse, deputy mayor and committee chairperson.
She said while formalising the boundary environmental concerns would be balanced against development needs.
Auckland requires approximately 10,000 dwellings annually to facilitate population growth; however, last week Mayor Len Brown said that he was confident the availability of development land was sufficient.
Brown said he believed the major problem facing city planners and developers was the lack of building activity.
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