NZ Urban Development news from the media | 15 August 2023 | Nelson council votes for housing intensification to tackle property crisis


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Nelson council votes for housing intensification to tackle property crisis

Nelson City Council has given the go-ahead to progress changes that will enable greater housing intensification in the city.

Elected members today voted unanimously to progress plan change 29 - to introduce new residential zones, allowing for varying levels of housing density.

It is hoped the change will address the housing crisis by making property more accessible and affordable.

Mayor Nick Smith said it was "as big a decision as councils get in determining their planning rules" and the changes would have an impact of billions of dollars in the city.

Te Mātāwai supported housing development opened

The 200 public housing customers that will live within Te Mātāwai, along with 50 Kāinga Ora customers living next door, will get access to around-the-clock, on-site support services. They will also have access to shared communal spaces that will provide opportunities to connect with neighbours, helping to foster a sense of community and belonging.

“The public housing homes at Te Mātāwai will provide a stable home to people from many different walks of life, creating a diverse and mixed community,’’ says Kāinga Ora Regional Director Central and East Auckland, John Tubberty.

Outdoor shared space at Te Mātāwai
“It is also a place where a number of people who require a higher level of support to be able to live well, can get a warm, dry and safe place to call home and access to support, when they need it, to help improve their wellbeing.’’

Queenstown affordable housing plan backed by council

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has thrown its support behind a collaborative plan aimed to improve access to affordable housing.

The district needs roughly 3000 affordable homes and that is predicted to more than double by 2050.

Residents have resorted to sleeping in cars and overcrowded houses due to the lack of available rental housing this winter.

A joint housing action plan 2023-2028 was developed by the council, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Kāinga Ora, and Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust, and featured nine housing solutions.

The solutions include exploring public-private partnerships, providing incentives to developers to offer affordable housing, and buying and developing land, and supporting the trust's work.

Auckland Council monthly housing update, August 2023

August highlights:

  • 1377 dwellings were consented in June 2023.
  • In the year ending June 2023, 19,085 dwellings were consented in the region.
  • 28 per cent of new dwellings consented in June 2023 were houses, 8 per cent were apartments and 58 per cent were townhouses, flats, units, retirement village units, or other types of attached dwellings.
  • 111 dwellings were consented on Kāinga Ora or Tāmaki Regeneration Company owned land in June 2023.
  • 1307 dwellings consented in June 2023 were inside the RUB. Over the past 12 months, 94 per cent of new dwellings consented were inside the RUB.
  • 24 per cent of dwellings consented were inside the 1500m walking catchments of the rapid transit network in June 2023.
  • 153 dwellings were within hazard zones in June 2023, accounting for 11 per cent of total dwellings consented. Over the past 12 months, 13 per cent of new dwellings were consented within a hazard zone.
  • 1742 dwellings were ‘completed’ by having a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) issued in June 2023.

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