The Service Centre at 101 Wakefield Street will close from 5pm on 27 May. It will re-open to the public at our new site at 12 Manners Street at 9am on 28 May 2019.
Under the accord, the Council identifies special housing areas (SHAs) that can support growth in the city and submits them to the Minister of Building and Housing for approval. See the approved SHAs already in place.
To encourage investors and developers to start developing housing in SHAs, we offer a streamlined resource consenting path through the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act (HASHAA), and several incentives, including rates remissions within certain greenfield areas and waiving pre-application meeting fees.
Wellington City Housing Accord
The accord signed in June 2014 runs until 2019. The HASHAA has been extended to September 2019 from its original September 2016 expiry. SHAs created before September 2016 have expired, however new SHAs can now be created.
In September 2016, Government extended the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act by three years. This means that:
An approved SHA does not mean any development is approved. It gives potential developers an incentive to build housing. Interested developers discuss their plans with us through a pre-application process and a proposal then proceeds to a resource consent process in a similar way to an application lodged under the Resource Management Act.
All housing built under the accord must comply with the Building Act and the usual building consent process continues to apply. The District Plan (and all its provisions) is still applicable and must be considered for resource consent under the HASHAA.
The minimum District Plan standards that protect neighbours, such as setbacks, height restrictions still apply and will still be considered. People affected by breaches of the standards can be advised of development proposals depending on the nature of the breach and effect.
HASHAA applications can only be ‘limited notified’ to people in the vicinity of a proposed development and appeal rights to the Environment Court are limited to the parties identified as being affected, and for developments of four stories or more only.
To help increase housing supply in Wellington, we're identifying special housing areas (SHAs) suitable for development across the city.
To be considered as a qualifying development within an SHA, a proposal must meet the minimum number of dwellings or sections for the SHA, be predomina...
We need more housing to meet the forecast population growth for Wellington and to improve housing affordability. It needs to be planned and in line wi...
Our target under the Housing Accord is to grant building or resource consents for 7,000 dwellings and/or sections over the next five years to 2019.
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Wellington 6140, New Zealand
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