We aim to encourage an increase in the historical rate of housing developments in Wellington to meet future housing needs for our growing population. The proposed and existing special housing areas (SHAs) have capacity to provide for many houses over time.
Housing development can take years to plan, put in essential infrastructure, get Council consents, and construct the dwellings and neighbourhoods. This means there is an inevitable lag from the time the Council approves a SHA to when consents are decided and building work starts.
Report 4: July 2015 – June 2016
Wellington Housing Accord - Monitoring Report 4
Since agreeing to the Housing Accord, the Council and the Minister for Building and Housing Nick Smith, have approved 25 SHAs (tranches 1- 4). The majority of these SHAs have now lapsed. For more information visit special housing areas.
Much of our focus for the accord’s first year was on setting up SHAs where development can occur in accordance with the Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas Act (HASHAA). In year two, a smaller number of SHAs were created, with increased focus on implementation of existing SHAs.
Progress over the accord’s second year shows the Council approved building consents for 612 new houses, and resource consents for a further 201 new sections. When adjusted for the overlap, the total number of consents is 788 across Wellington City. In the previous monitoring report we projected an adjusted total of 840 approved consents for the second year. We were unable to achieve that number as some applications for consent were not lodged within the anticipated timeframes.
Consenting and pre-application activity under the RMA and HASHAA is increasing. Pre-application proposals under HASHAA would introduce approximately 1350 additional lots or dwellings once applied for. In addition, pre-application proposals under the RMA would introduce approximately 550 additional lots or dwellings once applied for.
The increase in the number of new dwellings and sections in the pre-application stage is encouraging and shows an increasing uptake of development opportunities.
Capacity to meet population growth
Our land capacity study shows that Wellington has land capacity to meet expected population growth with potential development in greenfield land (undeveloped land in a city or rural area) for over 20 years, infill in residential areas for 30 years (redevelopment of land in an urban environment), and building central city apartments for 40 years. The accord is an opportunity to accelerate development in these key areas.
Future monitoring reports
Monitoring reports will continue to be prepared, as stated in the accord, and presented to the accord's Joint Steering Group, the Council’s Transport and Urban Development committee, and published on this page.
Wellington Housing Accord - Monitoring Report 1 (1.3MB PDF)
Wellington Housing Accord - Monitoring Report 2 (768KB PDF)
Wellington Housing Accord - Monitoring Report 3 (676KB PDF)