Hamilton Housing Accord

​​Draft Special Housing Areas Policy

Hamilton City Council's draft Special Housing Areas Policy was open for public feedback from Thursday 22 June 2017 to Friday 14 July 2017. 

  Click here to view  all the submissions received on the draft Special Housing Area Policy (6.5MB). 

The purpose of the proposed policy is to set out the principles and intended outcomes of the policy. The proposed policy also sets out the agreed selection process and criteria for establishing Special Housing Areas (SHAs) in Hamilton.

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

Please find below links to the draft Special Housing Areas Policy and the accompanying Council report:

 Click here to view the draft Special Housing Areas Policy. 

 Click here to view the Council report on the Special Housing Area Policy. 

 Click here to view frequently asked questions about the draft policy, SHAs and the process from here.​

If you have any questions regarding the draft policy please contact the Urban Policy Team:  economicgrowth&urbanpolicy@hcc.govt.nz

A council hearing on the draft Hamilton Special Housing Areas Policy will be held on Thursday 3 August 2017. If you have indicated that you wish to speak in support of your submission, Council staff will contact after the end of the submission period to schedule a time for you to speak.

 Housing Accord

Hamilton has grown faster than predicted in the past two years. In the next five years Hamilton's population is estimated to continue growing from 161,000 in 2016 to 177,000 in 2021.

Hamilton City Council and the Government signed a Housing Accord on 22 December 2016 as a way to increase housing supply and improve housing affordability in Hamilton. The Accord outlines targets for the number of dwelling and section consents issued in Hamilton for the next three years:  1300 for 2017, 1400 for 2018 and 1500 for 2019.

The nomination of Special Housing Areas (through the policy) is how the Council is able to help increase housing supply and affordability outlined in the Housing Accord. 

Special Housing Areas are defined areas of land in the city that are not currently zoned for housing, which the Council can quickly rezone to enable more houses to be built. 

The Accord will work in conjunction with other strategic planning documents including the National Policy Statement for Urban Development Capacity, the Partly Operative District Plan, Hamilton Urban Growth Strategy and Future Proof Strategy.

Click here to view the Hamilton Housing Accord.

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