NZ Urban Development news from the media | 20 August | First urban growth partnership signed

Posted on 30 Mar 13:09
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Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 20 August 2019.

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First urban growth partnership signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today.

Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford said the Hamilton-Auckland Corridor initiative is an example of the Government’s strong commitment to working in partnership with councils, iwi and the private sector to improve the way our towns and cities grow and develop.

“Under this new partnership, we will strategically manage development between New Zealand’s fastest two growing metropolitan areas in innovative new ways.

“This is also the first time two regions in New Zealand have joined together with the Government to integrate and coordinate the planning and building of housing, transport and other supporting infrastructure and services. Waikato Tainui and the local councils are well-used to working together and I’m pleased central government is now to join them on this important project for both region’s future,” Phil Twyford said.

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/first-urban-growth-partnership-signed


Housing New Zealand is building on vacant land in Lower Hutt

Housing New Zealand is building 153 homes on long-vacant land in Epuni.

In 2012 the process of moving tenants from earthquake-prone homes on the site began and in 2015 the houses were demolished. 

Two years later on the campaign trail then Labour leader Andrew Little visited the site to announce plans for 400 KiwiBuilds in Lower Hutt costing up to $350,000 each.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/114927838/housing-new-zealand-is-finally-building-on-vacant-land-in-lower-hutt


Oakura fighting to stay that way

There are plans for a large 400-section development on the outskirts of Oakura in the pipeline and battlelines have been drawn.

On one side is developer Mike McKie who says it's what the town needs. The 25-hectare lifestyle area is backed by the Taranaki Equestrian Network, which says there is a need for more lifestyle properties. There are those who don't think it's such a bad idea. 

One the other side is hundreds of residents who submitted against the proposal and say it's a monstrosity that will take over their village. 

An independent hearing commissioner has a recommendation to make to the council, who hold the final say, but that will be months away. The hearing is currently adjourned and procedural memorandums have been filed.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/114756652/the-seaside-village-thats-fighting-to-stay-that-way

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