New policy to increase housing supply

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Thursday 24 August 2017

Increasing housing supply in Hamilton is one step closer with the approval of a Special Housing Areas Policy.

Hamilton City Council staff presented two policy options for the Mayor and Councillors to review at a Council Meeting on 24 August.

Special Housing Areas are areas of land in the city (including sites not currently zoned for residential) that can be put forward for housing development by landowners or developers for consideration by the Council.

Hamilton City Council’s Economic Growth and Planning Manager Luke O’Dwyer says the criteria outlined in the Policy include aspects of demand, location, infrastructure and scale.

“The feedback from the community has played an important part in shaping the policy. We listened to the key themes which came through and made changes to make sure the policy works for potential applicants as well as the Council.”

In September land owners will be able to present proposals for their land to become a Special Housing Area for assessment by the Council. All proposals submitted will be viewed by the Mayor and Councillors then approved proposals will be presented to the Minister for Building and Construction to make the final decision.

“Consents for approved Special Housing Areas to begin development could be submitted as soon as January,” says Mr O’Dwyer.

Defining Special Housing Areas (through the policy) is a way for the Council to deliver on its commitments for increased housing supply and affordability outlined in the Housing Accord.

Hamilton City Council and the Government signed a Housing Accord in December 2016 as a way to increase housing supply and improve housing affordability in Hamilton.

Hamilton.govt.nz/housingaccord

Page reviewed: 18 Aug 2017 2:13pm