Auckland mayor Len Brown and Housing Minister Nick Smith have
this afternoon announced a third tranche of "Special Housing
Areas"for 18,000 new residences under the Auckland Housing
The announcement was made at a site at 11 Akepiro Street, Mt
Eden, set to be developed into 18 units by Ockham
Big parts of Great North Rd, Otahu Coast, Flat Bush, New
Lynn, Northcote, Albany East and Takanini are ear-marked as
strategic areas, for big-scale redevelopment.
The Auckland Housing Accord, agreed to last year by Smith and
Brown, provides for the creation of SHAs by Auckland Council
with the approval of the Government.
Qualifying developments in these areas are able to be
streamlined and fast-tracked but the areas are raising alarm
in areas from Takapuna to Newmarket, as people suddenly
realise their streets will change dramatically.
The wider agreement between the Government and the council
aims to approve 39,000 new residences over a three-year
SHAs have already been approved in the Auckland suburbs of
Newmarket, Takapuna and on the city's western and southern
outskirts. Most of the approvals so far have been for
townhouses and apartments on small plots, rather than
stand-alone traditional housing on big sections.
This is in an attempt to keep prices down, as land prices and
restrictions on urban zoning factors behind the over-heated
Auckland's house market.
Brown said once SHA approval had been granted, it was up to
the private sector to build the places.
Smith predicted the first places would be ready by the end of
"Not all of the SHAs will deliver all of the housing within
the three-year term of the accord - some projects may take up
to 10 years to complete. That is why the council and
Government will continue to work on many more SHAs, with the
next tranche planned for August," Dr Smith said.
Brown said the latest batch of Special Housing Areas included
seven strategic areas identified as having good transport
links and access to other infrastructure.
"These are larger areas where we don't yet have developers
with proposals, but where we are signalling to the market
that we want to encourage growth," Brown said.
"In addition, many of the Special Housing Areas announced
today are significantly larger than those in the first two
tranches, and include 34 direct requests from private
landowners or developers as well as extensions to three
existing Special Housing Areas. I have every expectation of
rapid development of these sites into new homes and
sections," he predicted.
Special housing areas
First tranche: 11 areas, 6000 homes
Second tranche: 11 areas, 9500 homes.
Third tranche: 41 new areas, 18,000 houses
TOTAL: 63 areas, 33,500 homes
Target: 39,000 residences across Auckland
- By Anne Gibson of the NZ Herald