Hamilton Housing Accord

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Special Housing Areas - application status

DevelopmentApplicantMinimum # housesStatus
Te Karearea, Hamilton East​​Housing New Zealand and Tainui Group Holdings Limited 80​​Government approved under development 
Rotokauri NorthGreen Seed Consultants Ltd100​​Government approved
Quentin Drive, Hamilton LakeFosters25Government approved
Eagle Way, Te RapaPorter Group150Withdrawn
​​Te Awa lakes, north HamiltonPerry group1000Declined by Central Government
Tawa StreetHabitat for Humanity and the Gallagher Charitable Trust42Withdrawn

​Click here to view the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Hamilton Amendment Order 2019​ for Rotokauri North and Quentin Drive. 

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.

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 sha@hcc.govt.nz

Affordability requirements

The Council's definition of affordability is that:

At least 10% of dwellings must be sold at or below 90% of the Hamilton average house value*

​where 'average house value' means the average Hamilton City residential house value for the most recently released June figure published by Quotable Value (www.qv.co.nz).

Other 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. 

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