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Hauraki Gulf Islands review
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Issues and options papers
The review of the Hauraki Gulf Islands (HGI) District Plan will provide the
parameters for development and protection of the Gulf until approximately 2020.
Medium population projections for Waiheke from Statistics New Zealand estimate
that there will be 11,600 people on Waiheke by 2021. This is an increase of
3,290 people from the 8,310 people on Waiheke in 2004. Using Statistics New
Zealand high population projection, the population could rise to 12,350 by the
time the reviewed plan is operative.
Part Two of Essentially Waiheke contains key strategies and actions,
thresholds and criteria for the management of future predicted growth in
Waiheke. It suggests that a key time to consider how growth should be managed on
Waiheke will be when 90 per cent of the sites zoned Land Unit 11 and Land Unit
12 are occupied. Essentially Waiheke advocates managing growth by a new village
once the 90 per cent threshold is met. (A review of the key actions and
strategies of Essentially Waiheke has been undertaken and has resulted in some
minor changes to some of these actions and strategies.)
The Council's 2004/05 Waiheke Residential Landuse Survey identified that 85
per cent of sites within Land Units 11 and 12 were occupied. While this is below
the 90 per cent threshold, it is prudent to begin initial investigations and
community discussion as to whether Waiheke can accommodate additional growth
above the existing District Plan allowances. Key considerations in the
management of growth on Waiheke include:
- Its effect on the existing character and amenity of Waiheke.
- Its effect on ferry services and the flow-on effect to Matiatia in
relation to, for example, parking.
- Its effect on land prices and the affordability of housing on Waiheke.
- Its effect on roading infrastructure - major upgrades of existing roads
may be necessary and there may be new roading requirements.
- Wastewater disposal - the current system of on-site disposal of wastewater
through septic tanks has implications for minimum lot sizes in residential
development. Other wastewater considerations include:
- Current support for on-island, individual responsibility for effluent
disposal, as indicated in Essentially Waiheke.
- The possibility of localised collection, treatment and disposal systems.
- Potential health and environmental issues if on-site disposal systems
- The location of any proposed new ferry terminal.
You may have a better or alternative approach to those outlined below. If so,
we would like to hear from you.
- Provide for limited growth (status quo). Retain existing land units and
- Reduce existing flexibility in the HGI Plan to ensure that it is more
difficult to obtain consent for non-complying applications, for example by
tightening up the objectives of the subdivision section.
- Provide for more houses within Land Units 11 and 12 by relaxing the rules
for permitted lot sizes to allow more houses per site and by allowing
residential activity in village centres.
- Expand the boundaries of all existing villages by extending the boundaries
of Land Units 11 and 12 or extend the boundaries of only the smaller
'villages' - Orapiu and Kennedy Point.
- Develop a new village as a separate area within Waiheke to accommodate
some or all of the expected growth. Provide for commercial and retail
activities within the new village.
- Develop a composite option taking account of all the above.
While this issue paper can be read in isolation, it is best read in
association with the issue papers relating to: