Kāinga Ora to assess Auckland Light Rail Urban Development Project
The Minister for Housing and Minister of Finance have jointly directed Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities to assess the potential establishment of the Auckland Light Rail project as a Specified Development Project (SDP) under the Urban Development Act 2020 (UDA).
The proposed Auckland Light Rail Urban Development Project (ALRUDP), is an area comprising the majority of Auckland Light Rail’s proposed 24km City Centre to Airport route and much of Auckland’s CBD, will now be assessed by Kāinga Ora as a potential SDP as outlined under the Urban Development Act 2020 (UDA).
Direction given to Kāinga Ora from the joint Ministers states the proposed ALRUDP is aimed at enabling:
- The development and renewal of the urban environment, with a focus on enabling large-scale urban development and housing development, and
- The development of related commercial, industrial, community or other amenities, infrastructure, facilities, services of works.
The Ministers request Kāinga Ora assess whether establishing ALRUDP as an SDP would contribute to “sustainable, inclusive, and thriving communities in Auckland,” while enabling ALRUDP to achieve its initial business case goals of enabling at least 66,000 additional households and 97,000 additional jobs by 2051.