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27 Nov

New urban development agency on its way !!!

New urban development agency on its way !!!

New urban development agency unveiled to build more homes

The Authority will be a new Crown agency that will combine Housing New Zealand (and its subsidiary HLC) and the KiwiBuild unit to form a super agency, and it will have super powers to match. The Authority will have two key roles, namely to lead large and small scale urban development projects, and to be a public landlord. Its overarching aim is to drive the Government's urban renewal programme by accelerating and delivering quality urban development that connects households with employment opportunities, open spaces and transport links.

The Authority will be equipped with some very broad powers that will enable it to cut through what the Minister sees as the red tape that is currently inhibiting development from occurring, as well as cut through rights, including in some cases the ability to:

·      Shorten planning and resource consent processes by being the consenting authority for projects.

·      Acquire private property and re-purpose Crown-owned land for development projects.

·      Override, amend or suspend provisions in planning documents, including existing designations and district plan provisions.

·      Build, alter or remove any building infrastructure in the project area.

·      Suspend, make or amend bylaws.

·      Set target rates inside the project area and require betterment payments from landowners for transport projects.

07 Jun



Draft National Planning Standards 

Since the inception of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) there have been discussions about standardising the format of plans, or having a model or template plan; however, the idea only became part of legislation in 2017 when the National Planning Standards (planning standards, or standards) were introduced as part of the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (RLAA). 

The proposed National Planning Standards are different from plans and policy statements normally evaluated under section 32, as they do not contain content; that is, there are no objectives, policies methods or rules to evaluate. Therefore the planning standards will not lead to direct changes in environmental outcomes, but changes in processes. This means some parts of section 32 need to be adapted to assess the proposals in a format that is likely to be different from the ones people are used to seeing. 

Submissions close at 5.00 pm on Friday 17 August 2018. 

01 Jun

Changes to Hamilton City DC Policy

Changes to Hamilton City DC Policy

Changes to Development Contributions Policy

Hamilton City Council will amend its proposed Development Contributions Policy to have developers pay for a large portion of growth-related costs, reducing the impact on rates.

On 31 May 2018, the Council approved changes to the proposed Policy, with a revised policy scheduled to be adopted at the 28 June 2018 Council meeting.

The Council’s proposed Policy sets out the rules and proposed charges for new developments in the city and has been drafted in parallel with the Council’s draft 10-Year Plan.

Development Contributions are a charge assessed on the likely impact a development will have on the Council’s network, where the development is located and growth infrastructure it benefits from.

The proposed policy will include calculating housing Development Contributions based on the number of bedrooms a dwelling will have. This is consistent with the proposed Policy which went out for public consultation, although is a change from the current operating Policy.

Capped charges

Collecting growth-related costs outside 10 years

Indexing Development Contribution charges

HUE threshold for remissions

Cost recovery

Cost allocation

The Council began deliberating the draft 10-Year Plan projects and policies as part of the 31 May 2018 meeting, those discussions will continue today (Friday 1 June).

01 Jun




Information for suppliers and developers

KiwiBuild is a huge undertaking that will deliver better outcomes for Kiwi families. 

The Invitation to Participate in the KiwiBuild: ‘Buying off the Plans’ initiative is now open.

The Buying off the Plans initiative involves the Government underwriting or purchasing new homes off the plans that the private sector or others are leading, in exchange for accelerating a greater number of affordable, KiwiBuild dwellings.

Interested developers are invited to respond via the Government Electronic Tenders Service. The application process closes on 8 June 2018.

Buying off the Plans 

Questions & answers 

1. What is the Buying off the Plans initiative? 

2. How will it work? 

3. What is the target market? 

4. What is the process? 

5. What are the criteria for assessing proposals? 

6. Why is this intervention needed? 

7. What are the benefits of this approach?