Hamilton Housing Accord

Proposed Special Housing Areas

Public feedback was sought on six Special Housing Areas (SHAs) proposals in November 2017 and January 2018. 

DevelopmentApplicantMinimum # of housesStatus
Te Karearea, Hamilton east​​Housing New Zealand and Tainui Group Holdings Limited 80​​Government approved
Rotokauri northGreen Seed Consultants Ltd1450​​Recommended to the Housing Minister for decision
Gilbass Ave, Hamilton LakeFosters15Council approved, not yet sent to the Government (awaiting signed legal agreement)
Eagle Way, Te RapaPorter Group150Council approved, not yet sent to the Government (awaiting signed legal agreement)
​​Te Awa lakes, north HamiltonPerry group1000Council approved, not yet sent to the Government (awaiting signed legal agreement)

Proposed Special Housing Area Te Rapa North (Te Awa Lakes)

Two applications to establish SHAs were submitted for the block of land north of Hutchinson Road, between the Waikato Expressway and the Waikato River. The two applications have since been merged into one.

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 this SHA application relies on a number of the same technical reports as the private plan change, this application for a SHA is independent of the plan change and will be assessed separately. If you would like to read further about the Plan Change click here.

The original two SHA applications were known as Application A and Application B details on these applications as well as the new merged application is provided below. Feedback on the SHA proposals closed on 4 December 2017

Merged Application
The merged application (recieved on 16 March 2018) is proposed to yield at least 1000 residential dwelling units. Click the below link for a copy of the merged plan.

Combined Special Housing Area A and B Plan

The below additional information has been submitted by the applicant since the application went out for feedback:

Housing Economics Letter by RCG
ITA Letter by TDG
Industrial Feasibility Assessment by Essentia Consulting Group Ltd

In addition, the below additional information has become available since the application went out for feedback:
Strategic Considerations Assessment by Berl (jointly commissioned by Hamilton City Council and Future Proof)
Industrial Feasibility peer review by Veros Property Services (commissioned by Hamilton City Council)

Refer to the below documentation including previous information submitted for Area A, Area B and the technical reports for more information on the proposed Special Housing Area. 

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.

Page reviewed: 12 Jul 2018 1:26pm