NZ Urban Development News - 24 Apr


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Housing for former Hamilton slum fast-tracked by Government

This week, the Labour Government gave the green light to the 80-home special housing area (SHA), a mix of state housing, affordable private homes and Waikato-Tainui housing for tribal members.
Hamilton City Council is asking for amendments to allow smaller section sizes, houses built closer to boundaries, and more of the sections covered with bricks and mortar to bring the price of three-bedroom homes below the median Hamilton house price of $537,000.
The Housing New Zealand part of the development would see a number of two-storey social housing units built along Dey Street.

Council green lights next step to unlock $300 million housing fund

Auckland Council today moved a step closer to unlocking up to $300 million in funding for housing infrastructure in the northwest, with the potential creation of about 6200 new homes through the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund.

It comes after the council’s Governing Body agreed to submit a detailed business case to apply for the $300 million set aside by the government for Auckland from the fund.

About $130 million would take the form of an interest-free loan, saving the council an estimated $50 million to $60 million in interest over 10 years.

Housing NZ complex shows Auckland's unitary plan in action

Housing New Zealand has built a three-storey block of units in half the time it would ordinarily take.

The complex in Clayton Ave, Otara, Auckland was built on land designated as a "Mixed Housing Urban Zone" under the new Auckland unitary plan, using cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels from Nelson company Xlam.

The build was a first for Housing NZ, which is using prefabricated technology to build warmer, better properties faster.

Prefab technology also allowed Housing NZ to put more dwellings on each of the sections it owns, contributing to the "densification" of the city, just as Auckland Council envisaged when it passed its unitary plan in 2016.

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