Hundreds of new homes for Hamilton


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11 May 2018

Hamilton may soon have more than 1615 new homes through three new Special Housing Areas.

Hamilton City Council, at the 10 May 2018 Council meeting, approved to send three Special Housing Areas proposals to the Government for final approval.

The three proposals are for at least 1450 homes in north Rotokauri (on the northwest corner of the city’s boundary), 150 homes in Te Rapa and 15 homes near Hamilton Lake.

Hamilton Mayor Andrew King says this is a massive step to improve the city’s housing market.

“Hamilton needs more homes quickly to ease the pressure on the housing market for renters and buyers. We need to make sure there’s a surplus of land for housing for current and future Hamiltonians. Developing Special Housing Areas is our way to help fast track the number of new homes built in the city,” says Mayor King.

Special Housing Areas are a short to medium term tool to bring more housing to the market quickly through an accelerated resource consenting process. The Council still needs to invest significantly in a new major growth area to support the development of homes long-term.

Hamilton City Council’s General Manager City Growth Jen Baird says each of the three proposals will have at least 40% of their development as affordable housing.

“Each development will have a detailed contract with the Council outlining affordable housing targets and what infrastructure the developer will pay,” says Ms Baird.

“The 40% housing affordability goal is looking to align Special Housing Areas with the Government’s future KiwiBuild scheme.

“Housing affordability can be achieved by building different types and combinations of dwellings which maintain the quality. This could include one or two-bedroom apartments as part of a development to create better long-term solutions for the city and the people who will live in those homes in the future.

“The Rotokauri Special Housing Area would bring forward significant housing supply in an area which has been ready for housing development for a while.”

The proposed Special Housing Areas in Te Rapa (between Eagle Way and Maui St) and near Hamilton Lake (off Quentin Dr) are both currently zoned as industrial land.

“The Special Housing Area process allows for developers who have land, whether or not it’s currently zoned for housing, to put forward a housing proposal and bypass some long re-zoning processes if it meets our policy criteria,” says Ms Baird.

All three proposals have been through at least one round of community consultation with people who live or own land in the area surrounding the development sites who could potentially be affected.

The three proposals will be sent to the Government for final approval. If they’re approved by the Government, the developers can then submit their resource consents using an accelerated consenting process.

Hamilton’s first Special Housing Area for 80 homes in Hamilton East was approved by the Government in April 2018.

The Council also noted its Special Housing Areas Policy will be updated once the Government has definitive details on its KiwiBuild housing scheme.


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