NZ Urban Development News - 4 September


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 4 September 2018.

Glimpse of first completed KiwiBuild home

Phil Twyford has thrown open the doors and given the public its first glimpse inside the first completed KiwiBuild home.

The housing minister led media on a guided tour of the first batch of KiwiBuild's "modest starter" homes at the McLennan development in Papakura today.

He confirmed the ballot will open for the first completed KiwiBuild properties in a week.

The 18 McLennan houses will be sold through the ballot which runs for four weeks and opens on September 10.

H&M anticipates big opening for its fourth Kiwi store in Auckland's Commercial Bay

Swedish retail giant H&M is addings its final touches ahead of the launch of its biggest New Zealand store in Auckland's Commercial Bay development on Thursday 30th August.

The four-storey building, on the corner of Queen and Custom streets, will be the first retailer to open at the $681 million retail and office development.

H&M New Zealand country manager Hans Andersson said the flagship store also featured Auckland's first H&M homeware department.

Wellington's Arlington site in line for Government KiwiBuild homes

The Government looks set to step in to help Wellington sort out its social housing shortage.

Wellington City Council is set to sign a deal with Housing New Zealand (HNZ) that will see the council's vacant Arlington sites set up for about 300 homes, including KiwiBuild.

A failed partnership bid and funding issues has delayed the council development, but it is understood the state housing provider will now step in and sign a long-term lease for two of the Arlington sites for 99 years.

More infrastructure funding for Queenstown Lakes District

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford today confirmed $24 million of 10 year interest-free loans to Queenstown Lakes District Council to support major infrastructure projects around Ladies Mile at the entranceway to Queenstown.

The funding brings forward the development of around 1,100 houses by six years with the first houses expected in 2020. The infrastructure includes wastewater mains and a pump station, water supply reservoir and mains, a new roundabout on SH6, pedestrian and cycle underpass and bus stops.

The Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) investment is the start of a staged investment by the Queenstown Lakes District Council, Otago Regional Council and NZTA to manage the growing traffic pressures on State Highway 6.

This follows the announcement earlier this month of $52 million to enable the building of 1,850 houses in Kingston and at new greenfield sites adjacent to Quail Rise on the Frankton Flats.

Record transport investment to get New Zealand moving

Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced a record $16.9b investment in the land transport system over the next three years to deliver a safer, better connected and more resilient transport system that will get New Zealand moving.

The planned investments are detailed in the 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP), published today by the NZ Transport Agency. The $16.9b investment over the next three years marks an increase of 18% from the previous 2015/18 NLTP, and a 44% increase from 2012/15.

The NLTP comprises $12.9b from the National Land Transport Fund, generated through fuel excise, road user charges, and other revenue sources; $3.4b from local government, generated through rates and Auckland’s Regional Fuel Tax; and $557m in other Crown investments.

“This record investment in our transport system will help grow our regions, make it easier to get around our cities, and save lives on our roads. It will deliver the best results for our transport dollar,” said Phil Twyford.

Council reviews special character resource consents

Auckland Council will today begin contacting around 430 Aucklanders to alert them to a potential issue with decisions made on their resource consents during 2017.

The resource consents, decided between 1 December 2016 and 19 December 2017, relate to properties zoned ‘Single House’ and where a ‘Special Character Areas Residential Overlay’ also applies under the Auckland Unitary Plan.

After receiving external legal advice, the council granted consents in these specific areas using only the Special Character Overlay rules but did not consider the related underlying zone rules. 

This means not all of the relevant rules within the Auckland Unitary Plan were considered. While these consents are still valid, they are at risk of legal action and the council is asking these resource consents holders to update their resource consents to address all relevant planning matters.

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