Special Housing Areas and the Unitary Plan
The Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013 (HASHAA), designed to fast-track the supply and affordability of housing, contains provisions which can impact on the content of the Auckland Unitary Plan Operative in part.
Under HASHAA, applications have been made for privately initiated variations to the PAUP to change the zoning of identified areas to urbanise land for housing. The variations were required to be operative by 16 September 2016.
HASHAA was amended by the Housing Legislation Amendment Act 2016 (HLAA) to enable applications underway for Plan Variations (PV) and Qualifying Developments (QD) in existing Special Housing Areas (SHA) to continue to be processed. This affects a small numbers of SHA’s in Auckland.
Auckland Council has agreed to extend the term of the Housing Accord until 31 December 2016.
If a privately initiated variation under HASHAA becomes operative before the provisions are made operative through the PAUP process they will be made operative and apply to the relevant area. For privately initiated variations made operative after the e-Plan has been made operative, the precinct provisions will apply to the relevant area.
The council's Development Programme Office, which is managing Special Housing Areas, is continuing to process Plan Variation applications lodged on or before 16 September 2016.
For more, see Housing supply and special housing areas.