NZ Urban Development News - 13 November


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 13 November 2018.

Transforming downtown Auckland

In just three years Auckland’s waterfront will look dramatically different. The Downtown Programme will be creating a generous and welcoming destination along the water’s edge that better connects people to the Waitematā Harbour and turns the Quay Street area into a more vibrant destination for all to enjoy.

Councillor Chris Darby, who chairs the Planning Committee, notes the effects the change will have on the character of our city centre.

“We’re creating a variety of distinctive, engaging public spaces that celebrate the confluence of people, land and sea. Our new downtown will be a series of destinations, thriving with life and enticing people to the water’s edge.

Developers decry planned Auckland Council fee rise of up to 500pc

Developers are fighting a proposal which legal experts say could see Auckland Council fees for some categories of new buildings rise up to 500 per cent.

Property Council of NZ executive met this morning about the possible change in development contributions planned by the council, increasing fees last set in 2015. Their members are expected to make strong submissions opposing it.

"The Property Council is very concerned that the proposed increases in development contributions will slow down residential and business development at a time when we desperately need more," a spokesperson said this morning.

1300 more households in public housing

There are 1300 more households in public housing than a year ago, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today.

Latest figures from the Public Housing Quarterly Report show that the Government is pulling out all the stops to house and support people in the face of the housing crisis, Phil Twyford said.

“In the September quarter, we increased the number of public housing tenancies by 451.  We also made 244 more transitional housing places available and housed 1,721 households from public housing waiting list.

1300 more households in public housing

A modern housing development is to be built in Johnsonville.

Wellington City Council has granted resource consent for a multi-unit development called North Point, which will consist of 70 residential units and 97 carparks on a block of land roughly the same size as a rugby field.

Stage one of selling the development is under way. The three-bedroom units will be priced from $665,000.

Major revamp planned for Hamilton city block

What people know as Hamilton's Kmart building will soon be given a major facelift.

Stark Property director Matt Stark said the Hamilton Central Shopping Centre project, on Tristram Street, was one of the biggest office redevelopments to be undertaken in central Hamilton.

Work is set to start in early 2019 and will take 18 months to fully complete.

The 1.33 hectare central city site, which houses Kmart, was bought by Stark Property in 2016 for $13.4 million.

Resource Management Act Reform

The Government has announced a two-step process to reform the Resource Management Act.

Environment Minister David Parker said it would begin by reversing some of the changes made last year by the previous National-led Government.

That would include repealing measures that prevent public notifications and appeals by applicants and submitters in residential and subdivision consent applications.

Parker said proposed residential developments near existing facilities such as ports, airports, quarries and electricity networks could have significant impacts on existing operators and their future development options.


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