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The shortage is revealed in an assessment into housing capacity being tabled in today’s meeting of the Dunedin City Council’s planning and environment committee.
Under the present second generation district plan (2GP), Dunedin is expected to have a deficit of 480 houses by 2023, 2160 houses by 2030, and 3040 houses by 2050.
The council initiated variation 2 to the 2GP in 2019 to increase housing capacity in Dunedin in the short to medium term.
There are 16 greenfield areas proposed for residential rezoning and 15 other residential areas to be rezoned to allow higher density development under variation 2.
These changes are projected to change the short and medium term housing deficits to surpluses of 180 houses by 2023 and 460 houses by 2030.
There would still be a deficit in the longest term predictions, but it would be of only 100 houses instead of 3040.