NZ Urban Development News - 8 May


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 8 May 2018.

Auckland's container port as envisaged by architectural firm Archimedia

Four new inner-city beaches, a 40m-wide canal, parklands and a lagoon with a boardwalk around its edge all feature in a new plan for Auckland's container port.
It's not an official plan. But it is the first really big attempt by anyone to think through how the land could be used if it wasn't full of used cars and containers.
The plan also includes 4000 apartments, offices and a hospitality strip, an underground Maori historical and cultural centre with its own "volcano" and even a new stadium.
Land would be leased, not sold, and 65 per cent of the area would be retained for public use.

New Queenstown apartments can be double keyed to solve housing problems

A new Queenstown housing development claims to solve the problems of the high cost of homes for families and lack of affordable accommodation for workers in the area.

The Alexis development in central Queenstown will contain 32 two and three-bedroom units, and six convenience retail stores.

However, the three-bedroom apartments can be separated into a two-bedroom residence and a self-contained one-bedroom unit below, with separate entrances, via a lockable adjoining door.

Owners will also be able to rent the rooms/dwellings out for short-term or visitor accommodation in compliance with any Queenstown Lakes District Council bylaws and regulations.

Auckland’s Regional Fuel Tax and Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP)

The goal of this RLTP is to ensure that Auckland can address its current challenges and take advantage of future growth.

The plan also lays out the vision for Auckland's transport over the next ten years - an accessible, safe and sustainable city and region.

The RLTP focuses on:

·         reducing congestion
·         improving freight reliability
·         road safety
·         promoting walking and cycling
·         advancing public transport.

$100 million to tackle homelessness

The Government is taking serious action to tackle homelessness and support people in urgent need of housing this winter with a $100 million investment, says Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford.

“We’re pulling out all the stops to support people in need and urgently increase housing supply this winter. We’re also investing heavily in the future of the Housing First programme to support our most vulnerable homeless people and families,” says Phil Twyford.

The Ministry of Social Development is working on the ground with providers and communities across New Zealand with a $37 million investment to urgently increase housing supply this winter.

“By the end of winter, we will have more than 1,500 additional transitional, public and Housing First places, compared to the end of last year.

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