NZ Urban Development news from the media | 7 May 2024 | Agreement delivers Local Water Done Well for Auckland


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Agreement delivers Local Water Done Well for Auckland

The Government has delivered on its election promise to provide a financially sustainable model for Auckland under its Local Water Done Well plan. The plan, which has been unanimously endorsed by Auckland Council’s Governing Body, will see Aucklanders avoid the previously projected 25.8 per cent water rates increases while retaining local control of water assets.

The announcement was made at a joint press conference at Watercare’s Central Interceptor construction site in Māngere this afternoon by Prime Minister Christopher Luxon, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown, and Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown.

“Under the Local Water Done Well solution we have announced today, Aucklanders will avoid the 25.8 per cent water rate increases previously proposed by Watercare. We have worked closely with Mayor Brown and Auckland Council, and are thrilled to announce that Watercare’s more financially sustainable model will ensure water rates remain affordable both now and into the future,” Mr Brown says.

Annual number of homes consented down 25 percent

There were 35,236 new homes consented in the year ended March 2024, down 25 percent compared with the year ended March 2023, according to figures released by Stats NZ today.

“The annual number of new homes consented has continued to decrease from its peak of 51,015 in the year ended May 2022,” construction and property statistics manager Michael Heslop said.

Christchurch councillors vote to delay housing intensification decisions

Christchurch city councillors have voted to delay substantive decisions on housing intensification in residential areas until end of next year.

The council has been consulting on a plan change allowing for greater housing density in many major suburbs.

The former Labour government's national residential density standards required councils to permit three homes of up to three storeys per section across many parts of the city without resource consent.

The rules were adopted in Auckland and Wellington, but Christchurch councillors voted against the plan in 2022.

Christchurch City Council has a deadline of 12 September this year to allow for greater heights and densities in and around the city centre and in commercial centres.

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