NZ Urban Development news from the media | 16 May 2023 | City shaping strategy gets approval for consultation


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City shaping strategy gets approval for consultation

Auckland Council’s Planning, Environment and Parks Committee today, 4 May, approved a draft strategy for how Tāmaki Makaurau should grow and change over the next 30 years, which will go out for public consultation on Tuesday 6 June.  

With Auckland’s population expected to increase by just over half a million people by 2053, the draft Future Development Strategy looks at how and where Auckland can best grow and develop. It also addresses protecting and restoring our natural environment, building resilience to natural hazards and climate change, and making the best use of limited funding for infrastructure.  

Chair of the Planning, Environment and Parks Committee, Councillor Richard Hills, says significant changes for Auckland in recent years means an updated strategy for how we grow is needed.

More housing opportunities on the way for key Wellington location

Kāinga Ora is pleased to announce the acquisition of a 927sqm site at 132 Adelaide Road in Mount Cook, Wellington. The purchase of the site is part of the organization's ongoing efforts to address the urgent need for housing in the area.

While plans are still being developed, our initial estimates are there could be between 25 and 40 new homes on the site, which will be modern, warm, and comfortable. The homes will be designed to provide residents with a safe and welcoming environment, with easy access to schools, shops, healthcare, and transportation.

Vicki McLaren, the Regional Director for Greater Wellington Region, expressed her enthusiasm for the project and highlighted the site's potential for much-needed public housing. She noted that the location of the site is ideal, as it is close to key amenities and services that the community relies on.

More support to get stalled housing projects moving

A fund to stop targeted housing projects from falling over, will soon be open for a second round of applications, after supporting eight developments around the country to go ahead.

So far, the Build Ready Development pathway, has allowed projects that otherwise would not have progressed, to get on with plans to build 144 homes in areas where there’s a high need for new housing.

“The housing developments are in South Auckland, Ngārauawahia, Tauranga, Napier, Hastings, Levin, Waikanae and Lower Hutt. Three of the projects now have construction underway,” says Megan Woods.

“The pathway provides support to unlock third party finance and keep the development moving, so we don’t lose the critical supply of new housing to help fix the housing crisis we inherited,” Megan Woods said.

An important criteria for getting this Government support, is that all developments must include affordable housing.

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