Hamilton Housing Accord

​​​​​​​​​​​Special Housing Areas

Larger Quentin Dr SHA open for feedback

Hamilton City Council has received another application for an SHA accessed off Quentin Dr.

This application is for 111 homes in an area currently zoned for industrial development (next to the new Bunnings in south Hamilton).

This application does include a site which is part of a separate SHA application currently with the Government for a final decision. The feedback from the community on the first application (October 2018), particularly about vehicle access only being off Quentin Dr (rather than Gilbass Ave) has been incorporated into this application.

For more information on this application, click here to see a map of where the proposed site is and the draft concept plan. Click here to view the full SHA application.

Feedback on this current application is open for feedback until 5pm Friday 12 April.

​To provide feedback, go to our Have Your Say page, or download the feedback form, fill it in and drop it in to the Council building or send it back to us using the Freepost address on the form.

Click here to Have Your Say

​If you have any questions regarding the SHA process, please contact the Economic Growth and Urban Policy Team at sha@hcc.govt.nz or 07 838 6520. 

What's the difference between this application and the first one (from October 2018)?

The new application is for a larger site which includes the area within the first application.
The green area is the area which was part of the first application. The pink area is the additional area in the latest application. Both the green and pink areas are part of the second application. Please note this is just an initial draft drawing and is likely to change as the application is progressed.


Click here to see a map of where the proposed site is and the draft concept plan for the second proposal.
Click here to view details on the first proposal. 

How many homes are proposed?

This second (larger) proposal is for 111 homes in total. The first application was for 56 homes.

​Does this application have road access through to Gilbass Ave?

​No, the access for vehicles is only off Quentin Dr and proposes a pedestrian access from Alison St

​What happened to the first application?

​Following feedback from the community in October 2018, the revised application was approved by the Council and submitted to the Government for review. The Council is still waiting on a decision from the Government.

When will the outcome of the first application be available?

The application is still waiting on a response from the Government. A decision is expected in March. As soon as the Council know the decision, we will communicate it publicly.

​What happens if both applications are approved by the Council and Government?

​This is up to the developer, but they will have the choice of executing the first or second SHA.

What happens if the first application isn't approved by the Government?

These are separate applications and will each go through the process. The applications are not reliant on each other so the second application will be presented back to Council on 29 April 2019.

I didn't receive a letter in the post, can I still provide feedback?

​Yes. Anyone can provide feedback on the application. To provide feedback, go to our Have Your Say page, or download the feedback form, fill it in and drop it in to the Council building or send it back to us using the Freepost address on the form. ​


Round 1 Applications – update

DevelopmentApplicantMinimum # housesStatus
Te Karearea, Hamilton East​​Housing New Zealand and Tainui Group Holdings Limited 80​​Government approved under development 
Rotokauri northGreen Seed Consultants Ltd1450​​Recommended to the Minister of Housing & Urban Development for decision
Gilbass Ave, Hamilton LakeFosters15Recommended to the Minister of Housing & Urban Development for decision
Eagle Way, Te RapaPorter Group150Withdrawn
​​Te Awa lakes, north HamiltonPerry group1000Recommended to the Minister of Housing & Urban Development for decision
Tawa StreetHabitat for Humanity and the Gallagher Charitable Trust42Withdrawn

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. 

Page reviewed: 18 Mar 2019 6:05pm