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22 Dec

Housing Accord - Hamilton City

Housing Accord - Hamilton City

Hamilton City Council and the Government have signed a Housing Accord today as a way to increase housing supply and improve housing affordability in Hamilton.

“We’re excited about this strong partnership between the Council and the Government. I’m pleased to be working so closely with them to achieve great outcomes for our city,” says Mayor King.

Hamilton has grown faster than predicted in the past two years. In the next five years Hamilton’s population is estimated to continue growing from 161,000 in 2016 to 177,000 in 2021.

By the end of 2016, it’s estimated the Council will approve 1271 building consents for new residential dwellings. The Accord outlines targets for the number of dwelling and section consents issued in Hamilton for the next three years; 1300 for 2017, 1400 for 2018 and 1500 for 2019.

The next stage in this process is for the Council to create a policy going into further practical details related to identifying key areas in the city known as Special Housing Areas.

The Accord will work in conjunction with other strategic planning documents including the National Policy

03 Nov

National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016

National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016

The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016(NPS-UDC) has been released.

The NPS-UDC provides direction to decision makers under the Resource Management Act 1991on planning for urban environments. It takes effect on 1 December 2016.Local authorities with medium-growth urban areas are required to complete their housing and business development capacity assessment by 31 December 2018.


Local authorities with medium-growth urban areas and high-growth urban areas, as defined in the NPS-UDC, have more obligations than other local authorities and those with high-growth urban areas have more obligations than those with medium-growth urban areas.


The current high-growth urban areas are:

•  Auckland

•  Christchurch

•  Hamilton

•  Queenstown

•  Tauranga


The current medium-growth urban areas are:

•  Kapiti

•  Nelson

•  New Plymouth

•  Palmerston North

•  Wellington

21 Oct

New Pool Fencing Law

New Pool Fencing Law

New pool fencing law passed

Parliament has today passed improved laws to better protect children from drowning in swimming pools while also making the requirements more practical and enforceable, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

“The law change in 1987 requiring swimming pools to be fenced reduced the accidental drowning of children from more than 100 per decade to about 20 per decade. The measures in the Building (Pools) Amendment Bill take effect on 1 January 2017 and are expected to save an additional six young children’s lives per decade.

“The most important safety improvement in this Bill is the compulsory nationwide requirement for all swimming pools to be inspected and certified every three years. This addresses the problem that most drownings today occur because gates no longer close, fences have not been maintained or other changes have occurred that enable children to get access. Half of inspected pools have been found to be non-compliant, exposing children to risk.


16 Sep

Special Housing Areas

Special Housing Areas