Parklands Residential Estate

Parklands Residential Estate

About Parklands Residential Estate

Parklands Residential Estate is located in the Art Deco city of Napier. This new development is brought to you by the Napier City Council.

We have worked closely with our builders to promote and develop high quality housing within an open-aspect environment. Design of roads and cul-de-sacs provide a mixture of regular and irregular shaped sections that provide opportunities for building flair and individuality.

Building set-backs and fencing styles specified within our land covenants ensure maximum enjoyment of daylight and privacy.

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.

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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 (known as Areas 3A and 4) was approved for development, creating a further 230 residential lots. The revised scheme plan gives residents an idea of how the future stages of Parklands will look and feel - with leafy suburban streets, improved connectivity with our celebrated shared pathway network and Park Island Sports Park, as well as a wide greenbelt running between the two neighbourhoods enhancing public amenity whilst improving stormwater quality.

Homes next to the public open space receive uninterrupted views across the swale to Park Island, giving 2-storey residents the benefit of an elevated view while improving the look and feel of the street and creating a safe, attractive neighbourhood for residents.

Earthworks for the next stages of development are due to start in January 2020, with construction following on in early 2021. Completion of the entire development is scheduled for completion in 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 sites is stage 6 which is estimated for release for tender in Autumn 2020.
  • A playground at Aspiring Drive Reserve was opened at the end of November 2018.
  • 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.


Lagoon Farm, which was transferred to Napier City Council from the Hawke's Bay Harbour Board as a result of the 1989 local government reorganisation, is located just south of the Ahuriri Estuary, to the south of Hawke's Bay Airport.

Part of Lagoon Farm was identified in the Napier Urban Growth Strategy of 1999, as being needed to satisfy a demand for residential development for the City.

120 hectares of the farm were rezoned for residential purposes when Council ratified its proposed District Plan in November 2000.

The development area was named Parklands Residential Development by Council.

The long-term aim is the provision of up to 800 residential sections, together with associated reserves and infrastructure over a period of 10 - 15 years. This may also include extensions to the Park Island sportsground complex.

The rate of development will be determined by the city's needs, and future demand from the housing market.

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