New land zoning in Maungaturoto and Kaiwaka will triple the size of both settlements over the next 30 years.
Both towns have been identified as priorities for urbanisation.
The Kaipara District Council (KDC) adopted its first spatial plan for ‘key urban areas’ last month.
Mayor Dr Jason Smith says it’s the first time planning of this shape and scale has been undertaken in the Kaipara District.
Maungaturoto can expect the biggest changes with between 3000 and 5000 new homes expected, assuming at least moderate growth in population and development.
For context, the population in Maungaturoto in 2018 was 1269.
The plan includes development of a new town square with intensified retail and residential zoning centred around the intersection of Gorge Road and Hurndall Street.
A new ‘rail village’ consisting of 76ha of new industrial-zoned land has been created at the intersection of Whakapirau Road and SH12.
Under a moderate growth scenario, KDC expects there could be up to 760 new commercial sites by 2050.
A proposed extension to Whaka Street would connect the rail village with the town centre.
With the railway to Auckland presently being upgraded, there is an opportunity for Maungaturoto to become a commuter town if there is a passenger service.
Kaiwaka, with a population of 714, is expected to grow by between 1500 and 2250 new properties, with zoning allowing up to 2860 lots.
The plan envisions a new town centre to the west of SH1 with new commercial zoning behind the Kaiwaka Cheese Shop. It also anticipates a new road connecting Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Road with Oneriri Road.
The plan allows for 11ha of new commercially zoned land next to the Kaiwaka River. A further 38ha, or up to 380 lots of industrial-zoned land, has also been created north of the town, just beyond the Gateway North Hotel.