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What is Weiti and what is Weiti Bay?

Weiti is the 830ha comprising the Weiti property on the waterfront between Long Bay and Whangaparoa, accessible from East Coast Road (and ultimately, directly from State Highway 1 via the Weiti interchange). WeitiBay is the development of approximately 80 ha within Weiti on the coastline.  WeitiBay has 150 lots with approximately 38ha of private common landscape areas within the lots for residents to enjoy, and is a gated community.


How big are the lots?

In the WeitiBay Stage 2 Development all the lots are between 1500 m2 and 2,000 m2.


Are the lots freehold title?

Yes


If I contract now, how much do I put down as a deposit and when would I get title to my lot?

You put down 10% which goes into an interest bearing account.  Titles will be issued following completion of road access to your lot, and completion of infrastructure for water, wastewater, power, and telecommunications.  Titles cannot be issued without completion of those items. This means you do not pay until all the infrastructure and services are complete. Issue of title is targeted for June 2018 but as construction is affected by weather and other natural events the contract provides that titles could be delayed until June 2019.


Can I be made to pay if title has not been issued to my Lot?

No


Where is my deposit kept pending settlement?

In the trust account of our solicitors, Russell McVeagh, who are required to hold the deposit as a stakeholder.


Will there be an approved building platform on my lot?

Yes.  The size of the building platform is identified in the contract documents.  Permission would be given to alter the final location of the platform if it does not intrude directly into the views of another house.  The lot plans include the lot boundaries and area, contours, height and geo-technical information.


How will I know my site is stable?

Beca Infrastructure Limited has undertaken geo-technical surveys (including extensive drilling) on the WeitiBay site and presented comprehensive geo-technical reports.  The Council requires that there be a stable building site on every Lot. 


What does it mean when it says this is a gated community?

WeitiBay will be private to residents and guests. The roads inside WeitiBay will be private as will the 38 ha of common landscape areas owned by the 150 residents of WeitiBay. The entrance to WeitiBay will have a gate requiring code or phone access for residents and guests. The system will mirror many thousands of similar gated community arrangements internationally and in New Zealand.


If I purchase, what do I get in addition to ownership of my Lot?

A1: Exclusive WeitiBay Rights and Assets: Residents at WeitiBay with their guests will have exclusive access to:

  1. the WeitiBay Common Landscaped Areas – 38 ha of private parks within WeitiBay; and
  2. the Private Roads and footpaths within WeitiBay. 

The Common Landscaped Areas will total 38 ha on completion of WeitiBay. The Common Landscape Areas are shown on Plans 1 and 1A attached. These areas will be created as common areas at the same times as titles are issued to the Lots for Stages 1 and 2. A licence or transfer of these areas to the WeitiBay Residents Association is a condition of issue of title.

A2: Weiti Residents Facilities: Subject to Resource Management Consents, residents at Weiti Bay will share access on a user pays basis with owners of other lots on the balance of Weiti to:

  1. stables;
  2. a racquets club;
  3. a fitness club (including a gym and pool);
  4. a daily shop (a retail facility stocking a wide range of daily needs).

The stables and daily shop are scheduled to be built within 9 months of the issue of titles (as the early houses are being completed) and the racquets club and fitness club within 9 months of issue of titles to the first Weiti village Lots.

Other facilities will be built at Weiti over time. Villages 1 and 2 – which are located in the valley behind WeitiBay and separated by a ridge – will contain substantial retail, café, bar, restaurant and other facilities.  The developer also intends to establish a marine centre on the northern part of the property near Stillwater. 

A3: Public Facilities: Public Facilities which the WeitiBay residents will have access to:

  1. On the issue of the first titles to Lots within the WeitiBay Subdivision:
    1. A walkway from the car park opposite Village 1 to the north end of the beach beside D’Acre Cottage (along the north side of the stream) – approx. 1km;
    2. The walkway from Stillwater to Okura via WeitiBay;
    3. A walkway beside the main Weiti access road from WeitiBay to the Conservation Institute – approx 2.5km.
  2. On the issue of the first titles to Lots within the subdivision of the villages within Weiti:
    1. A walkway from Haigh’s Access Road to the Conservation Institute – approx 5.8km;
    2. Vesting of some 40 ha of reserve land in the Council and the Department of Conservation including a 25ha public park at Haigh’s Access Road;
    3. Provision of the following walkways:
    1. Conservation Institute to Public  Car Park – approx 2.3km;
    2. Public Car Park to Conservation Institute via road – approx 2.1km;
    3. Public Car park to to D’Acre Cottage – approx 1.0 km, north of stream;
    4. Construction of the following facilities:
    1. A Conservation Institute and approximately 20ha of Conservation Gardens (privately owned but accessible at a charge) ;
    2. A Lookout;
    3. Walkway rest areas (4);
    4. Walkway toilets (4);
    5. A Mountain Bike Club of approximately 20ha (to be owned by an incorporated society – accessible by membership or a fee).

These facilities create an extensive recreational network over a very large natural area and are required to be provided as conditions of the issue of title to the stages listed above, an offer agreed by us as part of the zone conditions for Weiti. The facilities are legal requirements of the issue of titles and must be provided at the stages required by the Weiti Zone. The plan of these Public Facilities is shown on the Weiti Zone Plan attached. 


How much of the facilities I can use do I have to pay for?

A1: The privacy and security of the gated aspect of WeitiBay requires that the 150 owners at WeitiBay use and maintain the Common Landscape Areas, the Private Roads and stormwater and wastewater infrastructure in common.  No contribution is required from owners for construction and the assets will be licensed to an entity on behalf of owners on completion – a condition to issue of titles.  As is common with apartments and other developments with communal assets, the vehicle through which that will be managed is a residents’ association owned and controlled by the WeitiBay owners with a fixed, limited role to maintain those common assets. Levies are $0 for 2 years, and a 150th share of total costs after that (but with a maximum of $2500 per Lot for years 2 – 7).  After that the levies are as set by the Board of the association – The WeitiBay Residents Association Inc.  Detailed documentation and budgets are available as part of the purchase documentation.    

A2: No purchasers are required to make any contribution to the cost of construction of any of the Weiti Residents Facilities referred to above. There is no obligation to use the Weiti Residents Facilities and they will be accessible on a user fee basis appropriate for such communal facilities.

A3: The Public Facilities are available at no cost.


Are the public allowed to use the Common Landscaped Areas?

No. The public access walkway to the beach is on the north side of the stream north of D’Acre Cottage to a point opposite Village 1 outside the WeitiBay gated area. The beach area on front of the fence behind D’Acre Cottage is Department of Conservation land so the beach itself is public but is fenced off from The Green at the front of WeitiBay so the public cannot enter the WeitiBay area. WeitiBay residents and guests can access the beach and the public walking trails through gates.


Why is there an Architecture Code and how does it affect me?

A: The Architecture Code is there to protect

  1. each owner’s views (through height limits and pre-approved building sites and envelopes);
  2. mutual interests in privacy (by seeking that houses face the view, that living areas face north for sun and that walls with a southern aspect (the least sun) have privacy arrangements built in;
  3. the overall quality of development to preserve value for owners by ensuring certain standards are met while giving owners significant freedom to build the house of their dreams.


Do I have to build a house like the sample ones in the Architecture Code?

No. Those are just two examples. The Code permits a wide variety of materials and arrangements and forms of buildings. The Code is designed to allow owners considerable freedom while preserving controls over key elements of quality.


Will you be selling land and house contracts?

Yes. We will be doing that with a small list of preferred construction firms although we are happy to sell sites without a construction contract.  


How far is Weiti from the Auckland CBD?

The entrance to Weiti is approximately 20kms and 25 minutes drive from the Auckland CBD area via the Oteha Valley Rd interchange and State Highway 1. Most of the journey is motorway and Weiti benefits from having a shorter low speed commute than substantial parts of the North Shore which are physically closer, but have a longer slow speed commute. Auckland Council is investigating a proposal to construct the Penlink  interchange early (at the point the Weiti entrance road meets East Coast Road) to provide immediate access to State Highway 1 at this point and relieve congestion at the Silverdale interchange further north. When that interchange is built the whole of the journey from the Weiti entrance to the CBD will be on State Highway 1.


What is Penlink and how will it affect access to Weiti?

Penlink is a new regional link road to be constructed between State Highway 1 at the current Weiti entrance and Whangaparoa to the north of Weiti. Penlink is consented, forms part of the Auckland Council Long Term Plan, and further work is being done now on the alignment and engineering of Penlink prior to committing to a start date.  Penlink will track the western boundary of Weiti on land previously part of Weiti acquired by the Council. Weiti is permitted several access points to Weiti. When Penlink is built access to State Highway 1 will be via Penlink.  The effect of the construction of Penlink will be to improve access to the CBD and to the north. The effect of establishment of the interchange for Penlink early, as is being discussed, will similarly improve access to Weiti. 


What about access in the meantime to East Coast Road?

A high quality public sealed road is being constructed from the edge of WeitiBay to East Coast Road as the first part of the WeitiBay development.  This road becomes a public road on issue of titles – guaranteeing access to WeitiBay.  The Private Roads within WeitiBay will be high quality sealed roads and the road from the gate at WeitiBay to East Coast Road will be a public two lane sealed road.  These roads are all required as part of the conditions of title and all roads and their surrounds are to be extensively landscaped to designs completed by Boffa Miskell Limited, one of New Zealand’s foremost landscape and planning firms. The Council is required as a matter of law to maintain access- including while Penlink is being built.


Can East Coast Road handle the WeitiBay traffic before Penlink is built?

East Coast Road was formerly the main state highway north of Auckland.  It is operating well under its original design capacity and can absorb the Weiti development. Beca Infrastructure Limited are advising on all aspects of traffic management and roads as we work with Auckland Council to ensure smooth integration with the Council’s infrastructure.  Presently access to State Highway 1 is at the Silverdale interchange to the north, and the Oteha Valley Rd interchange to the south.  When the Penlink interchange is built, as part of Penlink or earlier, access will be via the Penlink interchange.    


How will you protect the access road from East Coast Road to WeitiBay while the Villages are being built?

Heavy vehicles will not be permitted to use the access road beyond the location of the Conservation Gardens.  An existing road from the Conservation Gardens to the rear of the two villages will be upgraded to take construction traffic for the Villages and Stage 2 of WeitiBay, leaving the main road in from that point reserved for light traffic and residents.


How big will the villages be in the valley behind Weiti Bay and how much of Weiti might be used for development?

The total area of Weiti is 840 ha.  The lots at WeitiBay occupy approximately 25 ha with Common Landscape Areas totalling approximately 38ha.  The lot footprint of two villages in the valley behind WeitiBay is approximately 40 ha.  The villages were zoned for up to 400 residential units including a mixed use 2 story and 4 story zone of approximately 123,000 m2 of Gross Floor Area through the buildings under the old Rodney District Scheme.  The Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan makes provision for 1050 houses in the villages (and this proposal would reduce the space occupied by commercial uses by approximately 70%).  We have made a submission seeking the addition of a third village of 20 ha further west of the current villages providing a further 400 residential lots and have indicated that Weiti can continue to fulfil the original environmental purposes agreed in all those scenarios.  We have not sought to change the status or density of WeitiBay. At 1200 lots the total footprint of the Weiti developments would be 64 ha out of a total of 840 ha and at 1600 lots 84 ha out of a total footprint of 840ha.  It is unlikely the discussion surrounding intensification would extend beyond those areas in the foreseeable future.