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Kākātangiata urban growth area

The proposed Kākātangiata urban growth area is one of a number of options Council is advancing to meet forecasted housing demand, including the need for 5,500 additional houses over the next 10 years. We identified this area in 2009 as a possibility for future growth, and now we're looking at it in more detail.

Photo shows map of land zoned for urban growth.

We're currently considering five development options for this 700ha study area. Located on the western side of the city, just beyond the Mangaone Stream, it's marked green on the map.

Planning for growth

For a such a large area we are planning for its development in two stages. The first stage is where we thoroughly investigate the suitability of the study area for residential development and other compatible uses. This is being undertaken by a specialist team and culminates in the preparation of a development masterplan in early 2021.

The second stage is a formal plan change process. This is where the District Plan zoning of the land (which is mainly rural) is assessed for changing to mainly residential, to provide for new housing over 20 to 30 years. This process is prescribed by the Resource Management Act 1991 and provides for further specialist assessment, public submissions, and a hearing. This will happen through 2021 and 2022.

Read the factsheet for more information about this project, including the issues and opportunities for stage one. 

Options for development

We've completed the investigation and our team is now considering five development options. See the document below for an overview of the project and the shortlist of options. If you have any comments please contact Jeff Baker

Next steps

The project team will select a preferred development option from the shortlist based on the investigation work, including feedback from residents and key stakeholders. Then we'll prepare a detailed masterplan for the preferred option. We expect to complete this by next February.

Contact us

You're welcome to share your thoughts throughout this two-stage process. If you've any questions about the Kākātangiata project, please get in touch with Jeff Baker, PNCC Senior Planner: phone 06 3568199 or email