So now that we all know that Auckland Council is trying to stiff the Housing Accord and stop the deliver of affordable housing using infrastructure it is time to talk about the way out of this mess.
Auckland Council is utterly opposed to greenfield subdivisions being built on the outskirts of Auckland. The boffins within and many of the politicians believe in a compact city that will cater for more people with apartment buildings.
They have been trying for some time to argue that it costs more to let the city sprawl than to intensify but this is total codswallop. Their own Cost of Growth study identified that there was very little difference but if you have to upgrade the pipes in existing brownfield locations then its vastly more expensive.
Because most of the pipes around existing Auckland are over capacity then the prospect of intensification is only possible if the pipes are dug up and replaced with bigger ones to service sewers, potable water and storm water (the three waters). All of our existing suburbs have pipes that were designed and built for the capacity of the buildings and houses that are there now. Not for bigger buildings with more people doing poos.
Council has not identified the capacity in each suburb that exists (if at all) for each of the three waters. Show me a study that tells me how many more dwellings can be built in Grey Lynn and in which streets? It doesn’t exist. So you can be assured Council doesn’t even know for sure that they can accommodate the apartment buildings they want to be built.
And they certainly don’t know the costs. The best Auckland Council can do is thumb suck guesses. So, in light of that – it is somewhat bonkers that they have decided to give greenfield the arse card in favour of pursuing the brownfield option. Read more »