The south is the largest future urban growth area in Auckland. Around 5,000 hectares of land has been identified for urban development.  Auckland Council has started land use planning for some of these future growth areas in the south, for example the Drury-Opaheke the Pukekohe-Paerata Southern Structure Plan areas(external link). Other areas will be progressed over the longer term (e.g. Takānini).

In total, it is expected that these growth areas (Drury, Pukekohe/Paerata and Takānini) could provide up to 40,000 new homes as well as new jobs.


Since 2015, we’ve worked with Auckland Council to investigate a 30-year preferred transport network for South Auckland that has looked at anticipated land use and population growth projections in South Auckland’s future growth areas expected to be ready for development in 2028.

In 2018, the programme reassessed the original network plans and investigated options for new or improved transport connections for South Auckland, including:


Auckland Council is currently consulting on the draft Drury-Opāheke and Pukekohe-Paerata Structure Plan. Open days for each are being held in April.  The Supporting Growth team will be attending these events to answer questions on transport planning for this growth area. For further information, including dates, see Auckland Council's Drury-Opāheke and Pukekohe-Paerata (external link)(external link)webpage.


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Route protection is a planning process that enables land to be protected for the nfuture construction of necessary infrastructure such as transport. Route protection can be achieved by successfully applying for statutory approvals (designations) or by agreement with land owners. It provides certainty to landowners and developers about where essential infrastructure will be in the future. The programme’s aim is to protect all of the major strategic projects in our network in a staged way over the next few years.

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The new strategic transport network plans are expected to be approved by the Auckland Transport and NZ Transport Agency boards by mid-2019. We will update property owners, stakeholders and the wider community about the networks, and begin a more detailed design phase as we move towards the preparation of detailed business cases.


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