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Parklands Residential EstateHuinga kāinga o Parklands

The Parklands Residential Estate has been developed on 120-hectare former Lagoon Farm site. Work began here in 2005: Parklands now numbers more than 500 homes and growing.

Our Vision

We have a simple plan for Parklands - we want to see a sustainable and quality living environment for our community, one in keeping with the Council's broader vision of “a sustainable and vibrant Napier for all”. We hope Parklands will provide our people with an opportunity to live in good homes, well built, within attractive streets, and closely connected to vibrant reserves and parks. The last bit is important – it's in the name after all.

Our vision has evolved as Parklands has matured. It now enables a mix of house styles and sizes which we believe will add character and value to the area. The Parklands of the future will include the traditional single-storey houses which characterised the earlier stages of the development, as well as a small number of two-storey detached and semi-detached houses in key locations. These two-storey houses are for families needing larger homes, or those wishing to maximise their outlook to the park. Two-storey houses also add to the range of housing choice available within Parklands and are permitted under the District Plan.

Providing ‘bookends’/markers on the corners of neighbourhood blocks is also good design practice  these houses provide visual cues and landmarks for residents and visitors to the neighbourhood. Houses on marker sites are required to have two frontages facing the street which enhances the streetscape.

Parklands Website Photos July 2016 5 resized

Layout Plan

The scheme plan for Parklands Area 3 (918 KB) was recently revised. The new layout offers a range of section sizes from around 300m2 up to 1000mwhich gives purchasers greater flexibility with their house size etc. Development of the revised scheme plan will be spread across 11 stages: each stage will be progressively serviced and developed with high quality, long-lasting infrastructure. NCC is also currently working on designs and construction options for the Parklands Swale, as part of the overall strategy to improve the stormwater quality before it reaches Ahuriri Estuary.

The new scheme plan layout will also improve street, park and footpath connections as well as the linkages to Napier’s cycleway network.

Our development approach

Development within Area 3 will head in a westerly direction with a staged approach to construction. While these stages may go on market at the same time, their delivery – and subsequent access for sale and purchase – will take place as construction continues.

In August 2018, an extension to Area 3 to create another 230 lots was approved for development. Earthworks associated with the expansion area, Area 4, will begin in early 2020. Development of Area 4 is currently slated to start in early 2022 and be completed by late 2025.

The Art of the Covenant

Revised covenants and design guidelines 

We've developed design guidelines (1.06 MB) to help land buyers and their designers achieve the Parklands vision. 

The guidelines include recommendations regarding the design, materials and landscaping of new houses. But they're not unreasonably restrictive – they allow for flexibility so future residents can provide their own architectural response to the vision for the area. We've prepared a Design Guide Checksheet (228 KB) to help you work out what you need.

Depending on the precinct where the property is located, there will be a number of covenants attached (458 KB). These are the mandatory requirements which ensure standards within the development are upheld – and that each home is within the limits of what is lawfully allowed to occur.

Amendments to the previous covenants include:

  • Increased space in front yards for privacy and landscaping.
  • Ensure facades are attractive on both frontages.
  • There's no minimum dwelling footprint, but maximum 50% coverage as per the Napier City Council District Plan.
  • For single-storey dwellings, the building envelope is as per previous stages.
  • Two-storey dwellings are permitted on identified sites: some sites require two-storey dwellings to “mark” corners and assist with wayfinding. Houses must comply with the District Plan (3m at boundary plus 45-degree height plane angle).
  • Minimum offset of 1.5m from side and rear boundaries.
  • Corner sections to have one driveway access.

What’s next?

  • The next release of properties (26 lots) went on sale in January 2019. Tenders close in February 2019.
  • Some of these lots will be designated for 2-storey dwellings.
  • Design for a playground beside the access bridge on Aspiring Drive is underway. Construction is planned for mid-2019.
  • NCC is currently working on designs and construction options for the Parklands Swale (as part of the strategy to improve the stormwater quality running into Ahuriri Estuary). Pathways and connectivity form a key part of this initiative – shared pathways, seating, and picnicking places will be include in the swale greenspace design.

Find out more

Parklands has its own website with all you need to know (including the latest sales information).

Parklands Residential Estate images

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