Auckland housing development fast-tracked
Streets And Areas Named
A new wave of Auckland housing developments will see 18,000 extra homes built across the city.
The Government and Auckland Council today announced 41 Special Housing Areas in a bid to fast-track development and ease the city’s housing shortage.
Among the areas listed were key growth corridors, as well as some of the city’s most exclusive suburbs.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown said it would help create more affordable homes in what was a “hugely challenging market”.
He said seven strategic areas were chosen for their transport links and access to other infrastructure.
The strategic areas included Albany, Takanini, New Lynn, Great North Road, Otahuhu Coast and Flat Bush, which will all yield more than 1000 homes.
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Flat Bush was the highest forecast growth area with a potential of 4470 new homes.
Mount Eden, Sandringham, Remuera, Takapuna, Helensville, Mount Albert, Pt Chevalier, Parnell, Grey Lynn, and Beach Haven were also listed in the latest batch of Special Housing Areas. Resource and building consents for the new homes could be made as early as June.
Housing minister Nick Smith said the latest batch of Special Housing Areas was the largest yet, and would bring the total homes approved under the scheme to 33,500. Smith said the first homes consented under the Special Housing Areas would be ready to move into by the end of the year.
The announcement formed part of the Auckland Housing Accord, which was jointly agreed to by the council and the Government last year.
A competition is also set to be launched to allow architects to design medium-density housing prototypes at the Mount Eden Special Housing Area.
The competition will open on 21 May with details available on the New Zealand Institute of Architects website at www.nzia.co.nz <http://www.nzia.co.nz> .
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