Following Kāinga Ora’s decision not to accept the application for the proposed forward-thinking Sunfield Development to be assessed under the Government’s new Urban Development Act legislation, Winton met with Minister of Housing Megan Woods and Officials on Monday 13th December.
It was a constructive meeting where Honourable Woods confirmed work was already underway by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development to advise the Minister of Housing and the Minister of Finance, on whether or not there was adherence to the principles of the Urban Development Act and whether Sunfield fits within it.
Honourable Woods confirmed they are moving as quickly as they can on it and expect the advice well within the first quarter of 2022.
Winton appreciated the meeting and is looking ahead to first-quarter 2022 when we will receive a determination on whether a statutory decision will be made by Honourable Woods and Honourable Robertson to accept Sunfield to be assessed under the UDA.
Sunfield is a 5,000 home 15-minute sustainable neighbourhood designed to enable 15,000
New Zealanders to live and work locally. The 5,000 homes will consist of 4,400 individual homes and three retirement villages, allowing locals to age in place. There will be 22.8 hectares of open spaces, green links, recreation parks and reserves and ecological offsets. In the 250,000 sqm of employment, healthcare and education spaces, there will be a 4-hectare town centre, two schools, four convenience retail and mobility hubs, and permanent jobs for 11,000 people.
In addition to the Sunfield Loop there will be an abundance of paths connecting the Sunfield community, making it easy to get around, whether walking, biking, or scooting. The Sunfield Sunbus electric shuttle fleet will provide important connections to the Auckland Public Transport network via Papakura Station. The Sunbus will stop at scheduled stops on the Sunloop and can be hailed on demand via an app, meaning no resident will need to walk further than 250m to get home from the Sunfield loop. For times when car use is unavoidable there will be a small number of resident parks available to rent and shared electric vehicles in the mobility hubs. There will be a small number of carparks available to visitors.