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North Shore Job boom ahead with new Silverdale and Dairy Flat industrial areas. - 10th Dec 2017

North Shore Job boom ahead with new Silverdale and Dairy Flat industrial areas.

Around 30,000 new homes are planned to go in around the Wainui, Silverdale and Dairy Flat areas by 2040, including a new 3500 home suburb in Milldale.

Development in the proposed Silverdale West Dairy Flat Business Area has been brought forward and with it the possibility of around 10,000 new jobs.

Originally planned for development from 2032-2036, new plans for around 30,000 new homes to go in around the Wainui, Silverdale and Dairy Flat areas by 2040, are behind bringing it forward as part of the refreshed Future Urban Land Supply Strategy.
The move is welcomed by Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chairwoman, Julia Parfitt.

"The more jobs we can provide in the local area the less pressure there is on the transport system."

Encouraging business in the CBD is all very fine but local people should be encouraged to bring their businesses or create new ones closer to where they live, she said. 

"They will if they are able to, for lifestyle reasons," she said, citing the new Mighty Ape online sales business at Silverdale, with owners in the Wainui/Waitoki area. 

Warkworth and Wellsford resident would also benefit, she said. 

She has reservations the Highgate knowledge economy zoned area of Silverdale won't be developed first.  

With large numbers of residents on the Hibiscus Coast now commuting out of the area, it will help should also take pressure off the public transport system, Deputy chairwoman Janet Fitzgerald said. 

The land will offer easy access to the motorway and provides large, relatively flat sites that can accommodate businesses not able to locate in centres. As it is affected by aircraft noise from the North Shore Airport this makes it suitable for light industry, council advise.

"Business development does not demand the same scale of infrastructure as housing so we can progress development more quickly," said Planning Committee chair Chris Darby.   

"Local jobs have to be a priority to meet rapid population growth and with housing development already started at Milldale, west of Millwater, we want land to be available for employment as soon as possible. Silverdale West and Dairy Flat are prime areas for business development."

A background report identifying issues and opportunities will be available for community feedback between December 11 and February 23, 2018 with a draft structure plan being prepared during 2018.

Locals will be able to have their say with more information and a feedback form at on December 11 and a community drop in session at Dairy Flat Hall, February 10, 10am to midday. 

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