Weiti village development on track

WEITI COMMUNITY: More than 1000 people will be accommodated.
WEITI COMMUNITY: More than 1000 people will be accommodated.

A new village of 550 houses at Weiti has resource consent and construction is due to start soon.

The village south of Stillwater is part of the 860 hectare Weiti Block, purchased for $163 million several years ago, and is being developed by Williams Land.

With surrounding forestry and farmland retained, the block will act as a green belt. The village comprises three different-sized residential clusters.

Clearing of some pine trees in the pre-construction stage has been under way for about two years with 70 per cent of the property staying green, developer Evan Williams says.

There will be two clusters of 200 homes, not visible from the sea, and a separate, gated 150-lot community in Karepiro Bay. Plans include a yacht club, golf club and mountainbike club for the forestry, stables and riding trails.

The village is designated mixed use and will see buildings of two to four storeys and include offices, retail and cafes as well as a hotel. While acknowledging the lack of hotel accommodation in the northern area, its size will largely be dictated by the Auckland Council, Mr Williams says.

No heavy industry, manufacturing or bulk retail are included in the development.

Housing will run from a low end of about $400,000 to $500,000 right up to luxury housing on the coast, he says.

The first stage of construction in Karepiro Bay was due to start in November, but with work still being done on pine removal Mr Evans is reluctant to set a new construction start date just yet.

Initial development to accommodate Auckland's expected million new residents during the next 30 years is planned around Orewa, Silverdale, Whangaparaoa and Browns Bay, with about a third of these areas redeveloped over time, with townhouses, apartments and two-storey units. Red Beach, Mairangi Bay and Torbay will also likely see more development, as will Gulf Harbour. Around the main centres and suburbs there will be more rural land cut up into lifestyle blocks.

The surrounding countryside including what is now Weiti station and around Okura village becomes solid lifestyle block territory, down to a minimum size of two hectares.

Changes coming to the northeast coast are expected mainly after 2022.

Hobsonville Point and Westgate are also key development areas.

Rodney Times