Details below are from the new Ministry of Urban Development & Housing’s fact sheet on the proposed urban development authority.
“Traditionally New Zealand’s towns & cities have grown by turning neighbouring rural land into suburban homes. Second generation or ‘brownfields’ development is often difficult & risky with poor quality, aging or at-capacity infrastructure and disparate & fragmented land ownership. This means the private sector struggle to undertake these developments alone.
‘This is a new way of planning largescale & complex development so we can achieve scale & pace, co-ordinate different aspects of urban development and masterplan projects, assemble large or strategically placed parcels in developments and ensure quality intensification, great urban design & public goods.
“There are numerous urban development authorities in the US, UK & Australia.”
What will the authority achieve? According to the fact sheet:
Scale & pace: The ability to undertake largescale complex projects at pace
Co-ordination: A single public entity responsible for all aspects of urban development
Land assembly: The ability to assemble large, useful parcels of land at strategic sites
Government participation: Central government can participate directly in urban transformation at a local level.
The authority will take the best from current developments. It builds on:
- The success of masterplanned developments, such as Hobsonville Point
- The success of transit-led developments, such as New Lynn
- Urban regeneration in Britomart & Wynyard Quarter
- Current developments like Tamaki, Mangere, Roskill & Porirua
These projects are in addition to:
- Government-led developments: The Government builds state, KiwiBuild & market homes on Crown land (eg, Northcote, Marfell)
- KiwiBuild land for housing: The Government purchases land to build state, KiwiBuild & market homes (eg, Unitec)
- KiwiBuild buying off the plans: The Government underwrites private developers so they can build more homes, speed up their developments, and incentivise the construction of affordable homes
- Building public houses: The Government is investing over $4 billion to build over 6400 new public homes and renovate existing state homes
- Local housing partnerships: The Government is partnering with local authorities to build affordable homes
- HASHAA (the Housing Accords & Special Housing Areas Act): Council & Crown fast-track the supply of land
- Urban growth agenda: Changing the system settings to ensure we have more affordable land, better spatial planning and finance & fund infrastructure.
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Attribution: Ministerial release.