New Special Housing Areas announced for Auckland

The new Special Housing Areas will provide more than 4500 new homes across Auckland. Photo / Greg Bowker
The new Special Housing Areas will provide more than 4500 new homes across Auckland. Photo / Greg Bowker

Fourteen new Special Housing Areas that will provide more than 4500 new homes across Auckland have been announced.

This latest tranche will bring the total number of SHAs in Auckland to 120, with a combined potential yield of more than 52,000 new homes.

The Auckland Housing Accord, which was agreed in October 2013 by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Auckland Mayor Len Brown, provides for the creation of SHAs by Auckland Council with the approval of the Government.

Qualifying developments in these areas can be streamlined and fast-tracked.

The new areas are:

• Argent Lane, Upper Orewa: 190.53ha, 2403 homes
• Bremner Rd Extension, Drury: 22.61ha, 300 homes
• Brightside Rd, Stanmore Bay: 0.41ha, 40-50 homes
• Canal Rd, Avondale: 0.14ha, 7 homes
• Forge Way, Mt Wellington: 0.17ha, 41-50 homes
• Hobsonville Point (Catalina Precinct) and Marine Industry Precinct Extension: 13.67ha, 150-160 homes
• Kelmarna Ave, Herne Bay: 0.23ha, 70 homes
• Link Cres, Stanmore Bay: 2.07ha, 40-60 homes
• Manurewa Cluster: 0.77ha, 37 homes
• Moire Rd, Massey: 9.20ha, 175-200 homes
• Ockleston Landing, Hobsonville: 3.61ha, 70-80 homes
• Onehunga Cluster: 0.46ha, 22 homes
• Tamaki Regeneration Area (Panmure and Point England): 119.90ha, 1192 homes
• Zion Rd, Birkenhead: 0.19ha, 50 homes

"Once again, I am pleased to be standing alongside the Minister to announce yet another tranche of Special Housing Areas as part of our accord with the Government," Mr Brown said.

"Housing has been a real focus for the council and our collaborative efforts have enabled many more homes to be made available for Auckland families. The partnership with Government has been extremely successful and it has been a relationship that is indeed benefiting Aucklanders."

Dr Smith said: "Special Housing Areas are one part of the solution to improving the housing issues in Auckland. We need to keep our foot on the accelerator. The Government also has in place initiatives to constrain building materials costs, rein in development contributions, cut compliance costs and invest in improved sector productivity.

"The next steps in our programme include advancing new housing on Crown-owned land, supporting the council in the completion of the new Auckland Unitary Plan, consulting on a new Urban Development National Policy Statement, and reform of the Resource Management Act to address the long-term issues affecting housing supply and affordability."

- NZ Herald

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