The future of 22 sites along a busy part of Whangaparāoa Road is being negotiated with potential purchasers. It may be weeks, or even months, before any sales are finalised and made public.
Auckland Council put the sites up for sale in February (HM February 21) and tenders closed last month (March 16).
A spokesperson for Eke Panuku, Council’s property arm, says agent Bayleys Real Estate is working through the next steps of the process.
“It may be some time before any agreements can be finalised, given the number of properties taken to market, and until any sale is finalised all details remain confidential,” the spokesperson says.
Of key interest to the wider community is whether several of the properties are sold to one buyer for development, as local politicians have been vocal in their fears that multiple homes built on these sites could have a substantial impact on the traffic on this part of Whangaparāoa Road.
The properties, at 472-502 Whangaparāoa Road and 4 Brightside Road, were originally purchased for road widening related to Penlink by the former Rodney District Council. The zoning is Residential – Single House and together the sites make up 13,520sqm.
In its marketing, Bayleys stated that the land comprises two blocks and a single site which “can be purchased individually, in any combination, or as one consolidated holding”.
Government’s Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, which became law last December, allows up to three houses of up to three storeys to be built on a residential zoned site without resource consent. More can be built, subject to a on-notified consent.
The proceeds of sale will go back into the Council coffers to fund capital projects or debt.
The process of putting the properties up for sale began three years ago, and was first made public by Hibiscus Matters.