Long Bay Urban Development will comprise about 1700 houses when complete. Todd Property purchased the 162 hectares of land for Long Bay in 2003. To maximise their investment, they entrusted Woods to develop a plan. Woods worked with Auckland Council to develop a plan for a high quality mixed density community. This was especially difficult given the steep terrain with the area which made complying with the rule book almost impossible. So Woods had to redefine the Rule Book.
For Woods, developing innovative solutions is often a necessity.
At Long Bay, a major concern was that when it rained, exposed clay would wash into rivers. So, Woods invested considerable time and energy in sediment control, which led to the application of flocculation (flocculant mixes with sediment to cause the latter to drop into a sediment pond before escaping). Their use of flocculation at Long Bay has become a template for projects since. Additionally Long Bay was one of the first big land development projects in Auckland that incorporated Low impact stormwater designs, like rain gardens in the road. Now they’re everywhere.”
The Long Bay Urban Development is now due for completion in 2022. For Todd Property, Woods’ involvement in planning and resource management resulted almost doubling the developable area from what was originally proposed by Auckland Council.