Draft centre plans for Silverdale and Ōrewa provide a vision for how both areas could grow and develop over the next 30 years.
Silverdale’s vision is a thriving centre with an industrial and retail base, improved connections, and enhanced social, cultural, historic and natural environments. For Ōrewa, the vision is a town with a vibrant commercial heart, with high-quality developments and public spaces.
Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Deputy Chairperson Greg Sayers says that, while these plans are non-statutory documents, if there is significant community buy‑in, a consensus will help influence how the areas develop.
“Future planning is essential for town centres, especially with the rapid growth around Silverdale and with an Auckland-wide development strategy that encourages growth in existing centres,” he says.
Consultation on the draft Silverdale Centre Plan has now closed. The next steps are considering amendments as a result of feedback received and discussing these with iwi and the local board. The final Silverdale Centre Plan is expected to be adopted in September. The draft Ōrewa Centre Plan is being introduced to key community stakeholders before it goes out for public feedback later this year.
In addition, the Browns Bay Town Centre Plan will be reviewed this year and a town centre plan will be developed for Whangaparāoa later in 2015-2016.