Special Housing Areas Policy
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.
Proposals as part of the first round of applications will soon be available for public feedback.
Hamilton City Council's draft Special Housing Areas Policy was open for public feedback from Thursday 22 June to Friday 14 July 2017. Hearings were held on 3 August and a deliberations report and amended policy presented to Council on 24 August 2017. Read the policy approved by Council.
Click here to view frequently asked questions about the policy, SHAs and the process from here.
If you have any questions regarding the draft policy please contact the Urban Policy Team: email@example.com
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.