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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? 

10 May

Special Housing Areas for Hamilton

Special Housing Areas for Hamilton

Hamilton City Council, at the 10 May 2018 Council meeting, approved to send three Special Housing Areas proposals to the Government for final approval.

The three proposals are for at least 1450 homes in north Rotokauri (on the northwest corner of the city’s boundary), 150 homes in Te Rapa and 15 homes near Hamilton Lake.

The three proposals will be sent to the Government for final approval. If they’re approved by the Government, the developers can then submit their resource consents using an accelerated consenting process.

Hamilton’s first Special Housing Area for 80 homes in Hamilton East was approved by the Government in April 2018.