Hamilton Housing Accord

​​Proposed Special Housing Areas out for feedback

The first round of applications for Special Housing Areas (SHAs) closed on 29 September 2017 and the Council is now seeking public feedback on four the proposals received.

To give your feedback, go to our Have Your Say page​. The closing date is 5pm on Friday 24 November 2017.

Full details of the proposals are available by clicking on the links below:

Proposed Special Housing Area Te Rapa North (Te Awa Lakes) out for feedback

Two applications to establish SHAs have been submitted for the block of land north of Hutchinson Road, between the Waikato Expressway and the Waikato River.

You may be aware that the same area of land is currently the subject of a private plan change application. This being Plan Change 2-Te Awa Lakes Private Plan Change. While these SHA applications rely on a number of the same technical reports as the private plan change, these applications for SHAs are independent of the plan change and will be assessed separately. If you would like to read further about the Plan Change click here.

The two SHA applications are known as Application A and Application B. These two applications, while similar in nature, are being assessed independently of one another. Council is now seeking public feedback on these proposals.

To give your feedback, go to our Have Your Say page and follow the Special Housing Area Te Rapa North "Te Awa Lakes" link or you can request a hard copy to be posted out. Feedback on the SHA proposals is open until 4 December 2017.​​

Application A
The Application A development is proposed to yield at least 100 residential dwelling units in a mixed use and residential precinct. Alongside the residential component it is proposed there will be up to 2,500m² of commercial activity.

Application B
The Application B development is proposed to yield approximately 1000 residential dwelling units across mixed use, medium density residential, general density residential and river edge residential precincts. A service station and shops are already established within the proposed site.

The below technical reports from the plan change have been referenced in the Te Awa Lakes SHA applications:

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.​ 

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: sha@​hcc.govt.nz​

 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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