Request For Concept Proposals

Kaiapoi South Mixed Use Business Area – Development Opportunity

The Council owns approximately 2.9 hectares of central land in Kaiapoi, adjacent to the Kaiapoi river, between Williams Street, Raven Quay, Bowler Street, and Hilton Street. This land is part of the Kaiapoi South Mixed Use Business Area.

We are seeking a Developer, ideally with a proven track record and appropriate level of experience, to purchase the land, or a significant part of it, and develop it in a way that provides an attractive mixed use development - which could include residential, business, car-parking, and public amenities.

Council is running a Request For Concept Proposals process to invite applicants to submit a development concept plan and supporting information for the purchase of the land and its development.

This Opportunity in a Nutshell

What we need

A Developer or Developer Group or Consortium with the necessary experience and resources to purchase land in the Kaiapoi South Mixed Use Business Area and then complete a successful and timely development of the land purchased in the Kaiapoi South Mixed Use Business Area in a cohesive way that provides an attractive mixed use development which may include residential, business, car-parking, and public amenities.

What we don’t want

Respondents without the necessary experience or resources or who wish to land-bank the land rather than carry out timely development of the land.

What’s important to us?

The capability, capacity, and desire, to complete the purchase of the land and then the timely development of the land, in line with the District Plan, the Outline Development Plan, and the Waimakariri District Council objectives – see the Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan – 2028 and Beyond.

Technical Feasibility – assessment of the technical feasibility sufficient to provide the Council with reasonable confidence that the concept proposal is technically feasible. This should be prepared by suitably qualified independent professionals.

We are open to proposals for the purchase and development of parts of the land in the Kaiapoi South Mixed Use Business Area i.e. a proposal doesn’t have to be for the entire block of land.

Why should you apply?

Because this is an opportunity to buy central land in Kaiapoi, adjoining the river, with great development potential, and to be a part of the future growth of Kaiapoi.

The process in brief

Concept proposals are sought for the opportunity above for us to evaluate and then shortlist those Respondents whom we want to continue to engage with to negotiate a contract for the sale of the land and its subsequent development.

A bit about us

The Waimakariri District Council is the territorial authority for the Waimakariri District.

The Waimakariri District Council is responsible for one of the fastest growing districts in New Zealand. About 60,000 people currently call the District home and by 2048 our population is forecast to approach 97,000.

Our team of dedicated, qualified and friendly people are committed to providing for this growth and ensuring Waimakariri is a great place to be in partnership with our communities.

Since the Canterbury Earthquakes, the Council has invested heavily in the District’s regeneration, particularly in the badly-affected greater Kaiapoi area. The urgency of our response and our community-focused approach to the recovery has been declared as world-leading and recognised with numerous awards.

In 2018, the Council adopted the Kaiapoi Town Centre plan, which established masterplans for the Mixed-Use Business Areas and aims to build on the regeneration momentum by developing the town into a vibrant destination.

The Timeline

Council will evaluate the applications and successful applicants will be short-listed. Council will then work with those applicants with the aim of achieving mutually acceptable terms for a contract for the sale of the land and mechanisms to ensure the land is developed in the agreed way.

Timeline for the process: 
Release the Request For Concept Proposals22 July
Concept Proposals due 2 September (This may be extended if required)
Evaluation and Shortlisting of ApplicantsMonth of September
Negotiations with Successful Applicant (Applicants)Month of October

The timelines for this process are approximate and are subject to change.

Council anticipates working closely through-out the process with applicants whose initial submissions have merit.

Submit a Concept Proposal

Proposals need to be submitted by being put in the Tender Box at the Council reception of the Rangiora Service Centre. The submission requires both a hard copy and a soft copy on a memory stick.

A Request for Concept Proposal document that sets out requirements for proposal submissions can be obtained by contacting David on the contact details below. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact:

David Rowland
0800 965 468 (0800WMKGOV)
david.rowland@wmk.govt.nz