Auckland (New Zealand) is a western style city of 1.4 million people with large and valued rural areas on its peripheries. We have an adopted regional growth management strategy, which largely focuses on the management of urban growth within a defined urban growth boundary.
My clients are a small local authority with urban and rural areas, near the periphery of the large metropolitan area. They are seeking to achieve urban intensification, new urban greenfields and also to plan and develop new conservation based rural development. In wishing to now promote rural development a major issue has arisen. In brief we have limited understanding of the inter-relationship of the urban property market and the peri-urban property market, and specifically if creating new rural development opportunities will significantly undermine the growth management policy of achieving smart and compact urban growth. Another way of thinking about this subject is our lack of understanding of rural growth drivers - what influences the rural property market and what drives the location and housing type decisions. We are about to write a study brief on this area and my search of various hard copy publications and internet sites has not thrown up any good studies or articles about this subject.
I would like any comments or referecnes to assist in my search. Thanks folks.