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Progress made on Ara Hills

Posted at 2:22pm Tuesday 30 Jun, 2020

Progress is being made on the 575 home development in Orewa known as Ara Hills. Currently more than half of the first stage has been on-sold to builders.

There are six stages in total. The 84.5ha site is on the western side of the Grand Drive motorway exit. It was originally part of a 253-hectare property known as Hall Farm.

The land is being developed by Hobsonville Point developers AV Jennings.

It is adjacent to the Department of Conservation's Nukumea Scenic Reserve, a major habitat for birds, including the at-risk ground nesting fernbird.

As a result, independent commissioners required that cats be excluded from the entire subdivision, following an application by Forest & Bird (HM July 5, 2017).

The developer has told Hibiscus Matters that when complete, the subdivision will not be “a sea of homes”, but around half residential and the rest in native bush, parks and reserves.

A transport hub was proposed for the site and the company has been working with Auckland Transport on that but nothing firm has been approved.

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