Neighbourhood case study: Addison

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  • Papakura City
  • medium density, medium-high cost, sustainably branded, suburban greenfield
  • rated a medium sustainability neighbourhood by the Observational Tool but a low sustainability neighbourhood by the Resident Self-Report Tool

Key positives

Key negatives

  • Good walking environment
  • Excellent provision of public space
  • Good access to primary schools
  • Slow narrow roads
  • Innovative stormwater mitigation
  • High level of resident satisfaction with housing quality and safety
  • High levels of involvement in community
  • Poor public transport service
  • Lack of affordable housing
  • Located in a flood hazard zone
  • High levels of imperviousness
  • Very high use of private vehicles
  • Low degree of neighbourhood social contact
  • Poor solar orientation


Addison is a master planned community being developed in stages.    All of the dwellings are relatively new (less than three years old) and most are freestanding. All dwellings have two storeys and range in size from 3 to 5 bedrooms. The neighbourhood is relatively affluent and is characterised by large dwellings with smaller higher density dwellings in places. The housing stock in Addison is of high quality and the risk of dilapidation was assessed as being low.

Some houses have a self-contained unit above the garage, accessible from a rear lane, and this offers work-from-home possibilities, accommodation for extended families and boarders, as well as good surveillance of rear lanes. Social housing is excluded by covenant in the study area. A retirement village is planned for Stage 4.

Walking and public transport

Addison was observed as being very walkable, with an easy terrain and relatively pleasant streetscape in the completed areas. Roads are narrow and quiet and wider than average footpaths are provided on all but one urban road. All urban roads were planted with street trees and these were in good condition. Pedestrian spaces and other public open spaces were largely well cared for and all were overlooked by houses, which provided passive surveillance to those public spaces. 

It is possible to walk in the nearby countryside, although road safety may be an issue. As well, urban arterial roads with speed limits of up to 80km create a significant barrier for extensive urban walking. There are extremely limited bus services to the area.  Distance from places of work and education limits practical opportunities for walking and cycling.

Amenities and services

The neighbourhood is within easy walking distance of a primary school and Bruce Pullman Park, which has numerous sporting and casual recreation facilities. Also planned for future stages of the development are a children’s playground, a small commercial/retail centre, a retirement village and a childcare centre. The neighbourhood is on the urban fringe and bounded to the east by countryside and on other sides by suburbia and ‘big box’ retail.

Public spaces

There are a number of public seats and a large number of small areas of open space that were well utilised by local children. Bruce Pullman Park provides for both organised and casual recreation and there is a number of children’s play areas planned within the development itself, along with a small commercial/retail centre. Children were observed walking and cycling safely to and from the nearby primary school and there was a lot of social interaction by children in the public spaces.


Stormwater management is innovative in the Addison development. Roof runoff is directed to groundwater recharge pits with only an overflow connecting to the reticulated stormwater system. The runoff from roads and paved areas in the completed stages enters a piped system, but there are plans in future stages to include rain gardens, swales and other retention and treatment devices for road runoff.  Although there are numerous green spaces, the rate of impermeable surfaces is high.


Addison, Papakura