NZ Urban Development news from the media | 27 April 2022 | 50 projects fast-tracked under Govt scheme


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50 projects fast-tracked under Govt scheme

The Government has approved three more projects under the fast-track consenting process, bringing the number of projects that are eligible to apply for resource consents to 50.

The COVID-19 Recovery Fast-track Consenting Act 2020 is a key Government lever to grow the economy, boost jobs, speed up infrastructure development and improve environmental outcomes in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

“I’m pleased to announce NZ Windfarm’s Te Rere Hau windfarm repowering project, near Palmerston North, has been approved as the fiftieth referred fast-track project,” Environment Minister David Parker said.

“The other two projects approved are the Waimarie Street project residential development in St Heliers, Auckland, and the Flint’s Park West, Ladies Mile-Te Pūtahi project in the Lake Hayes area, Queenstown.

Three-storey public housing complex being built in central New Plymouth

At 12-storeys in height, a new hotel proposed for Christchurch would be the tallest building to go up in the city’s central business district since the earthquakes.

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZSF) has applied for resource consent to build the 44-metre tall hotel on the northwest corner of Cashel and Manchester streets.

NZSF owns the vacant site, which is opposite the city’s east frame housing area. The land was occupied by the three-storey Highlight House before the earthquakes.

Aucklanders can have their say on new high-density housing rules

Auckland Council has today opened public consultation on some proposed approaches for changing the city’s planning rulebook – the Auckland Unitary Plan – as part of implementing central government’s new requirements for greater housing density across the city. 

Aucklanders can have their say from Tuesday 19 April to Monday 9 May 2022 and view draft planning maps showing where greater building height and density is required. This is available at

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