Houses on their way
"Exciting" is Rodney MP Mark Mitchell's reaction to newly announced plans to build 876 homes at Silverdale North under a second round of Special Housing Areas (SHAs) in Auckland.
The project is expected to bring more than 3000 residents to the area during the next three or four years.
The 91 hectare development is among 11 SHAs unveiled on Monday by Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Auckland mayor Len Brown. All will progressively bring to market more than 9500 homes across Auckland.
But Mr Mitchell says there has to be investment in infrastructure and the traffic situation has to be "sorted" at Silverdale as well. He hopes to see northern motorway Wainui Rd on and off ramps connect directly with the new development and the nearby 3000 home Millwater project catering for up to 10,000 people.
He will be discussing such issues with the council and the NZ Transport Agency next year.
The big number of new residents coming to the area will encourage more businesses to invest here, Mr Mitchell says.
The Silverdale North project will also place more pressure on surrounding schools and nearby sportsfields.
"I'm trying to get a Stella Maris College underway to meet some of the future demand," Mr Mitchell says.
Metro Park West and East sports grounds, part of the Millwater development, are likely to absorb much of the sports needs, he says.
Dr Smith says further SHAs, on top of the 11 announced in October, will bring on stream an additional 15,500 new homes.
"This is good progress in three months towards the Auckland Accord's target of consenting for 39,000 new homes over the next three years."
Mr Brown says the second round includes high quality urban developments, as well as new greenfields projects, that offer the kind of affordable housing choices Aucklanders need.
The news comes after the SHA's launch at Huapai in October when up to 2000 homes were announced for fast-tracking in the "Huapai Triangle" based around the Constellation Brands-owned Nobilo wines property in Station Rd.
Other developments close to Rodney in the latest round include 2592 homes on 283ha at Scott Pt, Hobsonville.
"This second batch of Special Housing Areas includes many larger developments as well as more urban intensification projects," Dr Smith says.
"The proposal for Scott Point brings the remainder of Hobsonville Peninsula into a Special Housing Area."
The SHAs have been recommended by the council and approved by Cabinet and the Governor-General by Order in Council.
From tomorrow, subdivision applications can be considered by the council under the fast-tracked law which requires approvals within six months for greenfield developments (current average three years) and three months for brownfield developments (one year average now).
"The big gain with the declaration of these Special Housing Areas is that the land zoning that would have historically taken years has been done in a few weeks," Dr Smith says.
"Alongside freeing up land supply, the Government is passing a law to rein in council development charges, proposing to introduce more transparency and competition into the building materials market, investing in skills and productivity in the construction sector, and supporting first home buyers by expanding the Welcome Home Loans and KiwiSaver First Home Deposit Subsidy schemes."
A third batch of SHAs is expected about March.