Auckland Council are widely expected to ramp up their public relations in the next few months leading up to the October deadline that marks the first year of the Housing Accord. ‚Äč
There is a lot of pressure on the Council to perform to Minister Smith’s expectations – the delivery of 39,000 consented houses in 3 years. The question is – will Council genuinely be able to deliver consent approvals under the SHA or will they fall short and start to cover their backsides with PR spin and rhetoric.
‚ÄčSo far it looks like the latter is more likely.
Housing project office director Ree Anderson told the council‚Äôs Auckland development committee yesterday ‚Äčthat ‚Äčthe ‚ÄčHPO anticipated 3 district plan variation applications being lodged in the next 3 months for development in 3 of the 63 special housing areas approved under the accord so far.
She then went on to report that‚Äč net consents for homes & sections in the first half of the first year of the accord totalled 5134 and that 3417 homes had been consented so far and 6834 were anticipated for the full year to September. 2763 section consents had been granted and 5526 were anticipated for the full year.
‚Äč‚ÄčAt first glance that would appear to suggest the housing office has been busy granting consents but the trickiness of Council is ever present and the figures quoted by Ms Anderson are for consents in general – nothing at all to do with Special Housing Areas.
The Housing office has officially received¬†2¬†consent applications. Yes that’s right folks – two! ¬† Read more »