Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Increasing House Prices Caused by Poor Council Planning

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Increasing House Prices Caused by Poor Council Planning

Warnings of a property boom and bust have been made in the last few weeks by a variety of international institutions, the Reserve Bank and credit agencies.

Whilst it is accepted low interest rates have facilitated capital growth the fact remains that a lack of housing stock in Auckland continues to be a worrying problem.

Councillor Dick Quax blames poor management of land resources by Auckland Council for the lack of zoned land.

“Council has failed to ensure land release for a variety of reasons not least of which is the poor quality of the information that the Auckland Council has. Recently, Mayor Len Brown claimed that were 15,000 construction ready residential sites when in fact there are less than 2,000,” says Cr Quax

Another significant factor is that rezoned land within in metropolitan urban limits – the MUL - has failed to produce wide scale gentrification through demolition of existing uses that would be replaced by more intensively built housing. Whilst zoned capacity has been provided over time it has not resulted in change because existing uses are the highest and best use.

The result is a lack of credible land supply both inside and outside the MUL.

“Release of land supply in greenfield and brownfield locations in the future must be managed in a more sophisticated manner to ensure that a robust management programme can deliver a supply of land at the right time.”

There is certainly no confidence that Council is making the right choices and that raises the question as to why Aucklanders should trust their Council in relation to the Unitary Plan.

Failures by Council to consult meaningfully with the community, business, property developers and property investors to better prepare its plans has created a climate of distrust. More concerning Council officials and some activist politicians have run their own agenda and created an unworkable plan.

“A fast tracked Unitary Plan should not happen. Unless the Unitary Plan is implemented with all stakeholders meaningfully engaged in the process we cannot expect the best possible outcome for the Auckland people.”

Ends



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience.

“Labour has many new and highly capable MPs who will have the opportunity to prove their ability. At the same time our senior hands will be on deck to take the fight to the National-led Government and support our upcoming stars,” Andrew Little says.

“I am pleased to announce Annette King will be my deputy for the coming year. In recent weeks she has shown how crucial her wisdom and strength is to Labour. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:


Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

China President Wishlists: Greens Welcome Xi, But Human Rights Need To Be On Agenda

“President Xi has made some progress on climate change, but he must also lift the Chinese government’s game on human rights issues,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said... It is important that our Government continues to urge the Chinese government to show restraint and respect human rights in both Tibet and the Xinjiang province.” More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news