Councillor Sayers call for more sprawl defies what market is doing
The latest housing figures are in from Auckland Council:
Auckland Monthly Housing Update for January
Auckland Council’s Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU) has released its Monthly Housing Update for January, bringing together the latest significant Auckland housing-related statistics.
- 1172 dwellings received building consents in November.
- In the year ending November 2018, 12,800 dwellings were granted building consents in the region.
- 52 per cent of new dwellings consented in November 2018 were houses, 15 per cent were apartments and 33 per cent were townhouses, flats, units, retirement units, or other types of dwellings.
- 82 per cent of dwellings consented in November 2018 were inside the 2010 MUL. Over the past 12 months, 82 per cent of new dwellings consented were inside the 2010 MUL.
- 887 dwellings were ‘completed’ by having a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) issued in November 2018.
- In the year ending November 2018, 10,475 dwellings were issued with a CCC.
The full report can be found on Knowledge Auckland here.
Commentary from Auckland Council Chief Economist David Norman:
“New dwellings consented in November 2018 were down sharply on November 2017 figures. This was because of the spike in consents in November 2017, when 1,450 new dwellings were approved.
“This November, a strong, but more modest 1,172 dwellings were consented. But as the November 2017 figures drop out of the annual total, annual consents dipped a little to 12,800 for the year to November 2018. This is nevertheless up 19 per cent in a year, off an already-strong base.”
It is the Code of Compliance Certificate that measures a dwelling all ready to go and be moved into by its new residents. If the CCC figures are strong and keeping pace with population growth then the housing sector is doing okay, if the CCC figures languish behind population growth we get deficits seen over the last two decades.
I also again note that most residential dwelling builds are inside the existing urban area or otherwise known as Brownfield developments. This is due to both the Unitary Plan making intensification easier as well as people demanding being closer to amenities including transport routes and Centres (like a town or Metropolitan Centre). This does not remove Greenfield development (sprawl) entirely but it does prove that Councillor Sayers call for releasing more land (sprawl) than already programmed in the Auckland and Unitary Plans would be foolish given where current demand is (Brownfield).
Issues of price are better dealt with via the construction sector and the problem of wages rather than going unfettered on sprawl.
None-the-less we need to be mindful of how our residential areas are developed. Mixed Use would be preferable than single use that would otherwise encourage travel for basic amenities that Mixed Use (residential and commercial together) would mitigate. (See: Affordable Housing – A Presentation on Typology and How We Can Not Forget Transport in the Affordability Equation)