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Two years after Auckland Council and the Government signed a "housing accord", only 102 houses are known to have been built under its "fast-track" rules.
All of them have been constructed in just two areas: Weymouth and northern Tamaki. The council is not aware of any homes being completed under the fast-track provisions in any of the other 95 special housing areas (SHAs).
Instead, at least two blocks of land and a commercial property have been put up for sale after their value was boosted by being designated as SHAs. One was advertised as "a land-banking option".
At least one other property owner has opted out of the fast-track provisions allowed under the SHA rules because these require a proportion of "affordable" housing.
The "affordable" threshold, set at 75 per cent of the region's median house price, is now $578,250. But Ivan Frisken, who is building 140 homes in one of the first SHAs, in Murphys Rd, Flat Bush, said land values had risen so fast that each section was now worth about $500,000 and completed houses would sell for at least $1.1 million.
"We are not getting involved with the SHA side of it because as far as I was concerned it's not really an area where special housing would be appropriate," he said.
Surprisingly, the council is unsure how many houses have actually been built under the SHA rules. Its manager of housing growth and infrastructure strategy, David Clelland, said it had not yet set up a system to tag building compliance certificates when homes were completed in an SHA.
"We need a better system for the Housing Project Office to be informed that a home has been completed," he said.
"We know of the , because our compliance officer wanted to check the number [in Weymouth and Northern Tamaki]. We will have to do more of that phone calling."
The housing accord, signed in October 2013, set a target of 39,000 new sections created and dwellings consented over three years.