Participate Palmy

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. On this page you can find out more about our preferred option for development.

Photo shows map of land zoned for urban growth.

The 842ha growth area is located on the western side of the city, just beyond the Mangaone Stream. It's marked in red on the map.

Masterplan available to view

The project team has now finalised its preferred development option from the shortlist based on the investigation work, including feedback from residents and key stakeholders. We're seeking feedback through to the end of July this year.

The masterplan is presented in technical form so you can see underlying street addresses, buildings and land title boundaries.

Please note that the plan is not a final design. Rather, it should be viewed as a progress plan, or snapshot at this point in time, bearing in mind the myriad of variables in planning such a large area.

More information will available following the residents' forums on 16 and 17 June.

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 was undertaken by a specialist team and culminated in the development masterplan (above).

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 later this year and into 2022.

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

Five options considered

The initial investigation identified five development options for consideration. See the document below for an overview of the project and the shortlist of options.

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