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Wesley College Special Housing Area

Master planning and consenting for a significant Auckland growth area

In October 2013, the Wesley College / Grafton Downs Ltd (GDL) landholding at Paerata, near Pukekohe, was identified as a Special Housing Area (SHA). Boffa Miskell had been assisting GDL in securing the land to be within the ‘rural urban boundary’. We were engaged to undertake the master planning of the SHA, providing specialist technical services related to ecology, landscape, open space and water sensitive design.

Boffa Miskell also co-ordinated the preparation of the plan variation request to rezone the land in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan from ‘Future Urban’ to ‘Urban’, including the structure plan report, which contained other required specialist inputs. The plan variation report was approved in July 2015 and has resulted in the land being identified as the ‘Franklin 2 Precinct’ and rezoned for residential purposes with a supporting local commercial centre. Consent was also granted to the initial ‘super lot’ subdivision created to facilitate the first stage of development.

Boffa Miskell is the lead planning and design consultant in the development of this future new town, which will cover an area of approximately 300 hectares. It is anticipated that a community of 4,000 to 4,500 homes will be developed over a 25 to 30-year period, as well as schools, local shops and an open space network that promotes walking and cycling.

The land adjoins the North Island Main Truck railway line and in tandem with electrification of the rail line between Auckland and Pukekohe, will be connected to a new passenger transport interchange enabling commuter rail access from the new town. This public transport connection is a key generator of the proposed urban form of the future community. The area’s historical links to Wesley College and other heritage buildings will be retained, providing a focal point for the new local centre.

There has been strong stakeholder consultation throughout this project. Our landscape architects and planners engaged with local iwi, and consultation was undertaken to obtain feedback from adjacent landowners, infrastructure providers and the wider local community.

Our role

Project team leadership, master planning, ecological, landscape, open space and water-sensitive design, stakeholder consultation, preparation of the structure plan, plan variation application, expert evidence, resource consent applications.

The facts

ClientGrafton Downs Limited (GDL)
Project teamEddie Sides
Janine Bell
Rachel de Lambert
Worked with

Project Economics
Wes Edwards
Oculus (Melbourne)
Berry Simons

Project date2012 - ongoing