NZ Urban Development news from the media | 19 March 2024 | Minister opens new Auckland Rail Operations Centre


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Minister opens new Auckland Rail Operations Centre

Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today opened the new Auckland Rail Operations Centre, which will bring together KiwiRail, Auckland Transport, and Auckland One Rail to improve service reliability for Aucklanders.

“The recent train disruptions in Auckland have highlighted how important it is KiwiRail and Auckland’s rail agencies work together to ensure that Auckland commuters are getting to where they need to be on time.
“Today’s opening will benefit Auckland commuters by ensuring agencies work closer together to provide a faster and more joined-up response to problems arising on the network.

“By bringing these agencies together in one centre, I expect to see them working much more closely and collaboratively to provide reliable and predictable metro rail services for Aucklanders.

District Plan Decisions Will Allow Wellington To Grow And Thrive

Wellington City Council has today made significant decisions on the city’s proposed District Plan that aim to greatly increase the construction of new housing around the city, paving the way for a more resilient city.

An Independent Hearings Panel (IHP) that presided over hearings in 2023 presented their recommendations to Council in February 2024. This is the latest stage in a marathon planning exercise to review and update the District Plan that has been in force since the beginning of this century.

The Committee rejected a number of the IHP recommendations around intensification, character, and heritage provision. Council also voted to adopt most of the technical recommendations by the IHP. The rejected recommendations will be referred to the Minister Chris Bishop for final decision.

Kāinga Ora: Gore housing development on hold

Kāinga Ora’s resource consent application for its proposed housing development in East Gore is on hold while it considers feedback from affected parties.

Kāinga Ora proposes building 24 homes of various sizes on the site of the former Longford Tavern.

Regional Director Otago, Southland and South Canterbury Kerrie Young said an application for resource consent had been lodged and was being processed by the Gore District Council.

This was notified by the council to the parties deemed ‘affected’ by the proposed development, and they were provided an opportunity to provide a submission.


Auckland Council monthly housing update, March 2024

March highlights:

  • 885 dwellings were consented in January 2024.
  • In the year ending January 2024, 15,309 dwellings were consented in the region.
  • 28 per cent of new dwellings consented in January 2024 were houses, 9 per cent were apartments and 63 per cent were townhouses, flats, units, retirement village units, or other types of attached dwellings.
  • 30 dwellings were consented on Kāinga Ora or Tāmaki Regeneration Company owned land in January 2024.
  • 844 dwellings consented in January 2024 were inside the RUB. Over the past 12 months, 95 per cent of new dwellings consented were inside the RUB.
  • 35 per cent of dwellings consented were inside the 1500m walking catchments of the rapid transit network in January 2024.
  • 117 dwellings were within hazard zones in January 2024, accounting for 13 per cent of total dwellings consented. Over the past 12 months, 14 per cent of new dwellings were consented within a hazard zone.
  • 965 dwellings were ‘completed’ by having a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) issued in January 2024.

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