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What’s planned for Northcote?

What’s planned for Northcote? - Northcote

What’s proposed for Northcote focuses on four areas of action that we believe will combine to achieve what residents want for tomorrow’s Northcote.

We call these the key moves, where people will eventually enjoy:

  1. a town centre with a vibrant heart
  2. Lake Road as a neighbourhood boulevard
  3. a greenway linking public open space
  4. more homes, and a better mix of housing options.
At Panuku, we’re taking the lead on renewing the town centre so that it truly becomes the heart of the neighbourhood. We’re currently masterplanning what this will look like and will soon be speaking with potential development partners interested in working with us to develop the town centre.

1.The town centre – creating a vibrant heart

Northcote town centre will be redefined. We’ll bring retail development forward onto Lake Road, and create a gateway with a new, multi-purpose community building.

To make this happen, the community facilities on Cadness Reserve at the back of the town centre could move to a potential new multi-purpose building (subject to feasibility and ongoing community consultation). We could then sell part of the vacated reserve land to enable new residential development. The town centre will feature higher-density housing.

Our plan includes a new, larger supermarket with mixed-use development including shops, housing and undercroft parking.

We’ll also improve public spaces by:

  • upgrading the Greenslade Reserve community sports field - stage one of works to improve the stormwater network got underway in early 2020
  • creating a new town squareclose to the multi-purpose community building. It will be a dedicated and safe space for events, activities and celebration
  • upgrading Cadness Reserve to include a children’s play park
  • investing more in public spaces.

2.Lake Road – a neighbourhood boulevard

The remodelling of Lake Road provides a better connection from the town centre to the Northcote community and the wider North Shore.

Narrowing of the roadway (while not reducing the number of lanes), has allowed for wider footpaths and a cycleway, and trees have been planted along Lake Road, making it more pleasant and safe for people walking and for new development fronting onto it.

A section of Lake Road adjacent to the town centre will be developed to create a welcoming entrance to the shops and town square.

3.Te Ara Awataha greenway – a network of public open space

Te Ara Awataha, Northcote’s new greenway, is a 1.5km network of existing and new reserves that will link local streets to Northcote’s parks and town centre.

It will provide a place to walk or cycle, play and meet people. The route will safely connect the community to local destinations, including the schools, town centre, public transport stops and recreation spaces, and provide access to the wider city cycle network. It will offer opportunities to learn about the natural world and help with overland water flow to reduce flooding.

Te Ara Awataha means ‘the path of the Awataha’ and refers to the stream that historically ran through the area but was redirected through an underground pipe in the 1950s. Read about how Te Ara Awataha will bring light to the stream once more.

Te Ara Awataha is being jointly delivered by Panuku, Auckland Council's Healthy Waters and Kāinga Ora, working alongside the Kaipātiki Local Board and mana whenua.

Listen to a podcast with Sara Zwart - Project Lead for the Awataha Stream restoration

4.Housing – increasing density, choice and tenure mix

New homes will offer people more choice in types of housing, tenure and price. Redeveloping Northcote’s town centre and surrounding residential area also means higher-density housing.

Kāinga Ora is developing 1500 new homes near Northcote town centre, including approximately 800 market-led houses aimed to be affordable. In addition, Panuku will facilitate the building of several hundred homes in the town centre. This housing activity, led by Panuku, is likely to drive additional market-led housing on private land.