Council modelling holed when questioned by Housing New Zealand
Earlier today Housing New Zealand was giving its evidence to the Unitary Plan Hearings Panel on the spatial application of the Residential Zones through the City.
You can read commentary on it below (reverse chronological order):
The evidence in question from the Council can be read below:
The way things are going an early indication can be fleshed out on which way the Panel might recommend to the Council with the Unitary Plan. That is more broad intensification than even Council is pushing for.
I am working my way through Housing NZ’s submission in preparation for my own hearings on Rezoning next month.
In the meantime from Radio NZ:
HNZ reveals the difference housing density makes
ANALYSIS: What’s in a little housing density, you might ask? For Housing NZ in Auckland, the answer is about 20,000 dwellings.
That’s why the government’s housing landlord will use summonses to bring Auckland Council expert witnesses to appear at hearings on the city’s Unitary Plan.
The Council faced a legal quandary, after a revolt a fortnight ago by councillors forced it to withdraw some higher-density housing proposals which had been already lodged with the panel.
Legal advice backed the Council’s view that its experts could then not turn up, but refuse to argue part of the evidence, which still remained on the hearing’s website for others to use.
It’s no surprise that it was Housing New Zealand which broke the deadlock. It needs the highest-density version of the council’s evidence to support its own case for even more.
“The corporation is in a unique position, in that its size and extensive land holdings, means it – more readily than private developers – can give effect to the vision for intensification,” said HNZ’s submission to the panel.
Housing New Zealand currently owns 30,800 homes in Auckland, on 6.5 percent of residential land.
HNZ to summons council over housing plan
The council had decided that meant its expert witnesses could not appear at all.
The government’s housing landlord is seeking densities higher than those proposed by the Auckland Council in the Unitary Plan.
Housing New Zealand planning manager Brendon Liggitt told the independent hearings panel, the agency’s density proposals would more than double the 30,000 dwellings currently on Auckland land it owns.
So basically all the Out of Scope just went back in-scope with all the Council witnesses previously withdrawn out back into the fray.