Auckland scoffs at Key’s plan to sort out their housing problems

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Prime Minister John Key today revealed more about the government’s new tool to tackle what it considers the biggest single factor in Auckland’s housing shortage – a lack of land.

Mr Key said the government would soon reveal a “national policy statement” that would override Auckland’s development blueprint, the Unitary Plan.

He said the “national policy statement” would drive the supply of land, with the Resource Management Act having factors that tie into it.

“If the Unitary Plan doesn’t meet the needs of Auckland, the national policy statement – because of the way it works – will drive it, mark my words.”

Auckland scoffs at the mere suggestion that government can achieve anything that way.

…Auckland’s deputy mayor Penny Hulse said if land release was the answer to rising house prices in Auckland then prices would have gone down as the council released land under the Special Housing Areas.

She said other drivers needed to be addressed at the same time, and land supply was not the big issue holding back home building.

“We’ve got six and half years of land planned for, infrastructure in the ground and ready to go. Government themselves have got more than 20 special housing areas that belong to Housing New Zealand that are ready to go.

“There’s no shortage of places to build. Our question to government would be, perhaps you just need to get on with it.”

Auckland Council is digging in, and essentially saying they’re not the problem here.

One way or another, Phil Goff is likely to have a fight on his hands.

 

– RNZ


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