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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.

The 700ha study area is located on the western side of the city, just beyond the Mangaone Stream. It's marked in 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.

Next steps

When the investigations are finished, we'll share our findings and ask for your feedback. You'll be able to share your thoughts throughout this two-stage process.

Contact us

If you've any questions about the Kākātangiata project, please get in touch with Jeff Baker, PNCC Senior Planner: phone 06 3568199 or email