Auckland Council has been copping flak lately as everyone realises it is to blame for the lack of housing. Top brass at Council have deliberately pretended to work with the Government on the Housing Accord but at the same time have pressed on with the compact city model.
In reality the two ideas are mutually exclusive. Everyone knows it and can smell a dead rat.
Now top brass at the council, like Ree Anderson, are in defensive mode and are even writing for the Herald with missives that might as well have been delivered by an elf on a unicorn.
Physically it takes time for construction; to lay pipes and roads, build foundations and fit out and complete buildings. Developers may also rely on pre sales to enable the financing of their developments.
The Housing Accord has targets for 39,000 consented dwellings and sections over three years, not built homes. Residential dwelling consents have been used as an industry standard for many years to estimate the number of homes built. Council agrees that new measures that record actual builds is worthwhile and is developing systems to enable the capture of new data. Read more »