NZ Urban Development News - 31 Jan


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 31 January 2018.

Focus on Auckland's growth: Drury

Auckland Council is developing a structure plan for Drury that will enable up to 50,000 people to live in the area. The structure plan area is about 1907ha, and includes Opaheke, Drury and Drury West.

More than 5000 jobs will be created in 180ha of industrial-zoned land owned by the Stevenson Group. Kiwi Property, known for developments like LynnMall and Sylvia Park, has bought 51ha of land in Drury to create a town centre.

Auckland Council's economists argue that evidence from across NZ supports the conclusion that land use regulation is unlikely to be the main culprit for house price rises

Unsurprisingly, the biggest factors affecting house prices are population growth, (lack of) housing stock growth, and interest rate declines.

  • Further, the population’s preference is for fewer people per dwelling (PPD) than in the past. This means that, all else equal, housing supply actually needs to grow faster than the population to keep prices stable.

  • In slow-growing areas of the country, prices have remained subdued as house supply has easily kept up. But in Auckland, prices have risen sharply because too few houses have been built relative to the massive population growth, despite a large amount of land available to develop through the Unitary Plan.

  • Simply, a slow response in housing supply rather than lagging technical land availability explains much of the house price growth.

Demand for housing in Marlborough sees building consents skyrocket

A wave of new subdivisions across Marlborough sees building consents skyrocket.

The number of new building consents granted in the region has risen by 41.5 per cent compared to the same period a year ago, making it the second highest increase in the country. 

A demand for housing and the availability of sections in Marlborough has led to the surge in building consents.

The Auckland Plan development strategy. Annual monitoring update 2016/17

The Auckland Plan 2012 Development Strategy anticipates where growth will occur in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland in the long-term (30 years). A quality compact urban form, where development is focused in existing urban areas, is a key aim of the Development Strategy.

Auckland is halfway through the first decade of implementing the strategy. This report provides an update on growth for both five years (between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2017) and one year (between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017).


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