‚ÄčIts fairly obvious that Auckland Council is screwing the scrum on the housing accord.
Earlier this week the first annual report card was released with a miserable 8 houses delivered so far.
That’s not unexpected because property developments take years to yield the fruit of their labour.
But the question is whether Auckland Council really wants the Housing Accord to be successful? Does it want greenfield expansion?
The answer is emphatically no. And I make conjecture that they are really only playing lip service to the National government whilst behind closed doors they are doing everything to keep the compact city model on track.
Back a few years ago Auckland Council launched its Auckland Plan with waffly aspirations of a compact city that is built on a 70/40 ration (70% intensified). The critics slammed it with evidence that it was totally impossible to achieve. Not willing to concede defeat the Council planners worked on. But the introduction of the Housing Accord threw a spanner into the works. The National Government also believed that the compact city aspirations were horse manure and it quickly prepared law to make Auckland Council consent 39,000 sections and houses over a 3 year period. The first step is to tranche the land and Council has worked on this but it’s highly unlikely that most of the tranched land turned into housing because the developers imply cannot get Council to install the connecting sewer and storm water infrastructure required.
So how does this lead to the conclusion that Auckland Council is trying to screw the scrum?
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