Zoning is already in place for a primarily residential development via a special Ngarara Zone designation under the KCDC’s Proposed District Plan. This allows for a mixture of low-density lifestyle subdivision, medium to higher density multi-level residential and small commercial centres.

The approximately 98 hectares of freehold land is bordered by Waikanae Golf Course and the Expressway,

According to Stephen Lange of realtor Bayleys, the planning framework for the land now on offer was geared more towards medium to higher density development.

“There are very few areas on the coast that allow for residential development at these densities. But the district has a recognised need for a significant boost in housing supply.”

“The Kapiti District is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing areas, with a population which is projected to swell by some 16,000 people in the next 30 years. An estimated 6,500 new dwellings will be needed to accommodate this growth.”

Mr Lange says around 70 percent of the land being sold had the potential to be built on, with proposed densities across this area ranging from eight to 100 household units per hectare.

Fortunately, it’s not all going to be houses: “A portion of the land for sale contains the nationally-recognised Kawakahia wetland. Protected by QEII covenants, this is a unique natural asset which will complement any development with scenic walkways and boardwalks proposed around the wetlands.”

Sale of the Ngarara landholding will be by way of a tender closing on 28 April, through Bayleys Wellington.