Unlocking Silverdale’s potential

A report into how Silverdale can reach its potential as a business and employment hub for the Hibiscus Coast notes that sorting out the junctions between Silverdale and the Hibiscus Coast Highway are as important as the building of Penlink, if not more so.

The report, prepared by Tony Garnier, was released by the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board at its December 13 meeting.

Among its other findings are the need for a centre, similar to Smale’s Farm, that could attract an education provider, and an integrated transport plan including bus improvements.

It points out that in the next 20-30 years, Silverdale’s population is projected to double, but that its growth is currently “haphazard and uncoordinated”.

Mr Garnier suggests that the local board should advocate for Silverdale to be included as a ‘transformation project’ in Council’s refresh of its Auckland Plan.

“Most of the ‘catch-up’ things that need to happen are spelt out in the 2015 Silverdale Centre Plan,” the report notes. “What is missing is the agenda, resources and budget needed to make it happen.”

It says that a long term transformation plan is needed “with speed and urgency” which includes the North – Wainui and Dairy Flat – along with a work programme to deliver a transport network to support growth.

The report is in the local board agenda. [link]


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