Ahuareka Trustees limited
Ahuareka has been designed as a sustainable mixed use village based on the best old-world traditions of town and country building, all within commuting distance of Auckland City. Common Ground developed the design for a compact settlement of over 200 houses within a footplate of just 20% of the 100ha site area (compared to just 20 lots allowed under the current rules.
Backed by a robust land-capacity analysis, a comprehensive design approach and low-impact engineering, the project team successfully argued through both Council Hearings and the Environment Court that the village approach developed by Common Ground delivered not only on Council’s high-level policies and objectives, but was more sustainable and desirable than what the rules were enforcing.
This development has influenced a changing planning position of allowing appropriate development in peri-urban environments by demonstrating qualitative and quantitative environmental and economic benefit to the community.
Value of Project:
NZ$200 Million (2012)
Value of Consultancy Services:
Resource Consent granted (2015)