Special Housing Areas
New expressions of interest
Applications for Special Housing Areas (SHAs) are now open until Friday 15 February 2019.
Developers and landowners considering applying for a SHA should note that the Government's current deadline for establishing SHAs and lodging a Qualifying Development (QD) consent is 16 September 2019. This means that by 16 September 2019, EOIs must be lodged, assessed and approved by Council and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, and the subsequent QD consent application submitted.
Applicants can request a pre-application meeting so Council staff can discuss a development proposal and its assessment against the SHA Policy, prior to lodgement. Click here for more information on SHA pre-app meetings.
The applicant will be expected in its proposal to:
Round 1 SHA applications – update
|Te Karearea, Hamilton East||Housing New Zealand and Tainui Group Holdings Limited ||80||Government approved – under development |
|Rotokauri north||Green Seed Consultants Ltd||1450||Recommended to the Minister of Housing & Urban Development for decision|
|Gilbass Ave, Hamilton Lake||Fosters||15||Recommended to the Minister of Housing & Urban Development for decision|
|Eagle Way, Te Rapa||Porter Group||150||On hold|
|Te Awa lakes, north Hamilton||Perry group||1000||Recommended to the Minister of Housing & Urban Development for decision|
|Tawa Street||Habitat for Humanity and the Gallagher Charitable Trust||42||Withdrawn|
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.
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 Special Housing Areas Policy was approved on 24 August 2017 and amended on 13 December 2018 to include affordability criteria. Read the SHA policy.
If you have any questions regarding the policy please contact the Urban Policy Team at email@example.com
Affordability requirementsOther affordability requirements are that the 10% of dwellings must be built on their own exclusive fee simple titled sections and be sold on the open market to a first home buyer.