Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 7 November 2017
'Let Auckland spread out': Twyford wants to drop urban boundary
New Housing Minister Phil Twyford wants to scrap Auckland's regulated urban boundary to let the city spread.
He told Lisa Owen on TV3's The Nation today that solving Auckland's housing crisis will require "fixing" both the system of financing new infrastructure and the rural/urban boundary fixed in the current Auckland Plan.
"Given the shortfall of housing in Auckland and the population and growth projections, this city is going to have to go up and out," he said.
A flagship development of luxury apartments above and around a shopping mall on Auckland's North Shore has been put back and buyers refunded their deposits.
A showroom for the 115-apartment block, known as The Milford, the first stage of a larger residential development planned for the Milford Shopping Centre by NZ Retail Property Group (NZRPG), has also been closed.
NZRPG general manager of communications and marketing Sara Johnson said the company has decided to push The Milford's development commencement back to next year.
Ports masterplan: No more cars on Auckland's downtown wharves
The days of views to the Waitemata Harbour being spoiled by rows of cars on the downtown wharves could be over under a new masterplan from Ports of Auckland.
The port company has today unwrapped a draft 30-year masterplan for the 77ha of land it owns on the city's doorstep, which includes a five-storey parking building topped with a 1ha waterfront park accessible to the public.
Draft plan change signals improvements for Hobsonville Corridor
Feedback is invited on a draft plan change for the Hobsonville Corridor area adjacent to Whenuapai from Monday 6 November to Monday 20 November.
The draft plan change, approved for public feedback by the council's Planning Committee earlier in October, adds a new sub-precinct to the existing precinct in the Auckland Unitary Plan and a transport plan for the new sub-precinct.