It’s the Auckland Council that is the problem

Finally the Herald is waking up to the fact that Auckland Council is a useless organisation who are still the reason why housing is an issue.

Yesterday property developers were fingered the blame for supposedly sitting on their hands and land banking. And yesterday I said it wasn’t developers but Auckland Council.

Property developers say the failure to quickly resolve Auckland’s housing crisis is not their fault – lack of infrastructure is one of the biggest impediments to more building.

Connal Townsend, chief executive of the Property Council, said one of the biggest blocks to creating new subdivisions was lack of adequate sewerage, stormwater and fresh water connections.

Those often needed to be upgraded from existing residential areas to vast new tracts of land to enable developers to put up the homes, he said. Until that happened, developers might have consents to build but they could not go ahead.

Lack of Resource Management Act reform, no mezzanine or second-tier finance, a labour shortage and the high cost of building materials were other factors stopping the rush to put up new homes, he said.   

Labour’s housing spokesman Phil Twyford asked whether developers were landbanking or sitting on their hands, while seeing their land rise in value.

Evan Davies, Todd Properties Group chief executive, also blamed infrastructure, expressing fears about “severe budgetary constraints” on the council’s ability to keep pace with underground services and other infrastructure.

The Council clowns are screwing the scrum and they are pressing on with agenda for a compact city.

The Special Housing Areas are not conducive to that agenda.

They will do anything to choke progress snd stamp out the things that undermine their goals.

In part I blame Len Brown as well.

His encouragement only fuels the fire and his desire to put off spending on everything else to get his pet train project is only making it worse.

Unless the Government steps in to take over, this problem will continue.

 

– NZ Herald


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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