The second stage of sites for sale in one of Auckland’s newest and highest quality residential subdivisions on the metropolitan fringe is the latest development aimed at meeting the city’s rapidly-growing urban growth.
Auckland Regional Council projects the region to grow to 1.75 million by the year 2026, and to 2.1 million by 2046. Given this, most urban growth of the city is focused around intensive centres and corridors to create higher density mixed use communities, with a variety of housing, jobs, services, recreational and other activities.
Under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan a number of future urban or ‘greenfield’ areas have been earmarked for growth to accommodate the rising population. Residential subdivision WeitiBay located on Auckland’s northern city boundary, between Long Bay and the Whangaparoa Peninsula on the North Shore is one of the newest developments. A former pine forest, it is being transformed into a lifestyle subdivision that will create an entire new community containing an expected 1200 houses and a significant conservation zone.
The 50-hectare development, which merges high-end facilities and beach access with trails through hundreds of hectares of parkland and forest, reflects Auckland’s expanding metropolitan urban boundaries and is the latest in a series of residential developments from Pokeno to Warkworth. It follows Millwater development in nearby Silverdale, consisting of five communities and an expected 10,000 residents.
Sections within Weiti Bay have proved extremely popular since the first sites went on the market last year. Only a handful of the 94 stage one sites remain, which range in size from 1500 to 2000sqm and have achieved sale prices of $800,000 to more than $1.6 million.
Demand from buyers has remained strong for stage two plots, which have just been released to the market. Some of the 56 of the 1500 to 2000sqm lots have sold or are under contract prior to release, priced from $1.25m. A further 1000 houses in the middle of the subdivision and urban village designs are also proposed in the future. The sites are being sold through Bayleys by negotiation and are being marketed by Bayleys Orewa salesperson Michael Guy.
Weiti Development LP chief executive Evan Williams said the subdivision created a new model signaled through the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, aiming to achieve well-planned, efficient urban development and conservation of the countryside.
“All of our plans for Weiti have had rural and conservation uses and outcomes as the dominant use of land,” he said.
“The proposed Auckland Unitary Plan lot footprint for 1200 lots plus mixed use villages uses a lot development footprint of 7.8 percent of Weiti.”
“As well as space for people, we are creating space for plants, trees and birds, with the large North West Wildlife corridor running through WeitiBay. It will feature 41ha of new public park land, 11km of new public walkways, lookout tower, conservation institute, 25ha of conservation gardens, 20ha mountain bike park, carparks, toilets and rest areas, and ongoing educational science and conservation programmes”, he said.
The distinctive development will also offer residents a lifestyle combining privacy, comfort and exceptional facilities. As part of the development of Villages within Weiti residents will have access within the 860 hectares of Weiti to horse stables, walking and cycling tracks, tennis club, fitness centre with gym and pool. Gates will limit access to the subdivision to ensure security.
Mr Williams said the creation of new large-scale subdivisions with neighbourhood services, such as WeitiBay were in response to the city’s huge population growth and ever-growing need for housing.
As a result, outer locations of rural land have become residential subdivisions to the north and south. He said more housing than originally planned would be provided within WeititBay due to housing demand.
“As the pressure on Auckland's housing has grown it has become increasingly obvious that the original levels of development granted failed to achieve the contribution to Auckland's housing goals Weiti could make, so we sought more. Our plan now provides about 150 ha of intensive native planning and large areas of open space. “
“These sections appeal to buyers wanting to build a property in a beautiful, secluded setting, overlooking the ocean with unobstructed water views. The 30-minute drive time to Auckland city is also a big drawcard for many of our owners.
“Several buyers already own lifestyle properties but with the children having grown up they are ready to leave the sheep and horses behind and join a gated secure community where they can safely lock up and leave and perhaps travel. With only 10 percent of the 830 ha allowed to be developed, WeitiBay is unlike any other coastal development in Australasia.”