Auckland Council is on track to start work on a Structure Plan for Warkworth in December.
Manager planning/north Warren McLennan says early public consultation on the plan is likely to start in February.
“The first part of the process is the preparation of specialist studies covering various issues such as stormwater, open space, transport and roading, wastewater servicing, landscape, archaeology, flood hazards and ecology,” he says. “This will involve Council and consultants, as well as Auckland Transport, Watercare and the NZ Transport Agency.
“A key part of the preparation of the plan is to ensure that future neighbourhoods integrate with the environment and that bulk infrastructure is provided in an efficient and affordable manner.”
Mr McLennan says the Spatial Plan prepared by a group of specialists from the Warkworth community will be a good starting point.
The Structure Plan will cover all of the future urban area immediately around Warkworth, totalling just over 1000ha, and should be finished around the end of next year, with land to be development-ready by 2022.
Rodney Local Board member Phelan Pirrie has been appointed to a Structure Planning Political Reference Group, which will approve the draft Structure Plan ahead of public consultation.