10 Sep 2013

Council signs off Auckland housing plans

9:33 pm on 10 September 2013

Auckland Council's draft 30-year plan and its Housing Accord with the Government have both passed their final hurdles.

But critics say the planning blueprint has been too diluted to answer the city's housing problems.

Auckland Council voted on Monday to approve the long-term plan as well as sign up to the Housing Accord, which aims to fast-track the building of new homes.

But Councillor Arthur Anae told the council its housing plan has been watered down by "nimby" homeowners.

The meeting heard the city would be at least 100,000 short of a target of 280,000 new homes in the urban area in the next 30 years.

Councillor Cameron Brewer said it was almost unconstitutional to rush through such a major plan before an election.

Councillor Sandra Coney voted for the plan but said the city needed greater housing intensity, not urban sprawl.

She said under the plan, 30 to 40% of new houses would be built outside the metropolitan urban limit and she had concerns about poor quality building design.

The plan will be officially notified now and fresh consultation will take place.

The Housing Accord will be in place until the 30-year blueprint comes into force in three years.