The Herald on Sunday ran a tabloid version of what the NBR covered more “in-depth” in regards to Housing Affordability and the Compact City in Auckland. Titled (from NBR): ‘Housing crisis needs action not tinkering – commission‘, and a guest piece titled ‘How housing can be more affordable;’ the contributions look at why housing affordability is out if reach, why the Compact City is a joke, and to their credit – ideas on how to get on top of this problem.
I commend the Productivity Commission and their Chairman to step up and contribute their ideas to the public realm. Their ideas in a nutshell were:
Productivty Commission key findings
- Home ownership peaked at 75% in the early 1990s but has declined to 65%
- An immediate release of land for residential development would reduce pressure on prices
- Tax policy had little to do with the recent housing boom
- Auckland’s metropolitan urban limit is driving up land costs to 60% of the cost of a new home compared with 40% in other urban centres
- Council height controls, boundary setbacks and minimum lot sizes are frustrating high-density housing developments
- High section prices explain why new housing is concentrated at the top end – who is going to put a $150,000 home on a $300,000 section?The quality of rental housing is generally low but becoming increasingly expensive
- Social housing policies lack cohesion and have shifted from addressing income issues, to complex social issues
- Safe, comfortable and stable housing is important for social cohesion, family stability and individual wellbeing
I will have the full report embedded below – heads up its 342 pages long!
As for the Herald itself, lightweight but it expected. I will let you read it for yourself – should take a few minutes at most (time for the kettle to boil). As for why I call The Auckland Plan “C-” grade, you can read that HERE.
Now I do have ideas/policy platform suggestions of my own.
The main one can be found in my submission to The Draft Auckland Plan (now finalised and adopted) in regards to land use and supplemented with transport follow ups. Others can be found through coverage of Port of Auckland and The Auckland Water-Frontier (to which I will re-do (including links) the Port of Auckland Index over the coming week), my submission to the Draft Long Term Plan, and my logic and vision posts done just recently.
Just remember, ideas and solutions are fluid as the environment challenges changes are constant – so I do change my ideas to adapt to the environment challenges.