Housing supply and special housing areas

Special Housing Areas

To help combat Auckland’s housing crisis, Special Housing Areas (SHAs) are being identified across the city where fast-track development of affordable housing can take place.

The SHAs are being located in selected urban and rural areas earmarked for urban development. 

The Rural Urban Boundary shows the areas and defines the extent of urban development in Auckland over the next 30 years.

The Auckland Housing Accord carries out all developments. The council developed the accord with the government. Proposals will be designed in accordance with the provisions with the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) and in collaboration with the Housing Project Office.


SHA programme final year

As the Auckland Housing Accord is in its final year, Auckland Council and the government have agreed on the timetable to establishment the final SHAs under the Housing Accords Special Housing Areas Act 2013 ("HASHAA").
We are no longer accepting requests for new SHAs. This allows sufficient time for all current requests to be assessed ahead of the final tranche, presented to the Auckland Development Committee on 10 March 2016.

The final date, a stand-alone application for a qualifying development (QD) within an SHA can be lodged is 16 September 2016.

There are provisions available for concurrent resource consent applications for QDs. These applications can be lodged after 16 September 2016 under two conditions:

  • That it is made in conjunction with a plan variation application; and
  • The plan variation application is lodged before the close of 16 September 2016

This ensures there is sufficient time to allow the order-in-council and gazettal process, and QD applications for lodgement, in advance of the 16 September 2016 disestablishment date for SHAs provided for in HASHAA.

If you have any questions about this process or timeframe, email the Development Programme Office team leading the SHAs.


Plan variations and Qualifying development applications

The Orders in Council creating Special Housing Areas will be revoked at the close of 16 September 2016 in accordance with s18 of HASHAA. This means that if you want your PV and/or QD application considered under HASHAA you should prepare your applications for lodgement now if you have not already done so.

  • Landowners/applicants in greenfields SHAs that are zoned Future Urban zone who wish to have their concurrent PV and QD processed under HASHAA must lodge their PV applications with DPO by the close of 16 September. In those cases where an applicant has obtained written approval of all people listed in s29(3) of HASHAA the concurrent QD application must be lodged at the same time as the PV. In cases where written approval has not been obtained a QD application can be made after the PV has been lodged in accordance with the timeframes specified in HASHAA.
  • Landowners/applicants in brownfields SHAs who wish to have their QDs processed under HASHAA must lodge their applications by the close of 16 September.

The council can continue to process applications lodged on or before 16 September 2016 under transitional provisions but cannot consider late PV or QD applications.

 


What role do communities play?

Rigorous assessment of any potential SHAs includes the following:

  • Alignment with the Auckland Plan and PAUP.
  • Analysis of infrastructure provision.
  • Local board and iwi views.

We expect to see evidence from developers that they have talked with the local community, major infrastructure providers and iwi, when planning for greenfield areas. This is to ensure that new zones take account of local aspirations. We also encourage developers to engage with local boards early in the process.

For resource consents in SHAs, an applicant is incentivised to talk with adjacent owners and infrastructure providers before an application is lodged, to enable a non-notified process and avoid hearings. Once an application is lodged, adjacent landowners may have the opportunity to have their say, but only if the council considered notification necessary. The Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013 (HASHAA) limits notification to owners of adjacent properties and infrastructure providers only. It also limits appeal rights.

 


Criteria

To qualify as an SHA, areas will need to meet a specific set of criteria and will be assessed by the HPO for suitability - see the 12-point criteria below, which was updated in September 2015.

1. Adequate infrastructure exists or is likely to exist
2. Demand for residential housing in the proposed SHA
3. Evidence of demand to create qualifying developments in the SHA
4. Strategic location
5. Yield
6. Contribution to housing affordability
7. Inside the Rural Urban Boundary
8. Appropriate zone in the PAUP
9. Quality of the development and compatibility with the PAUP
10. Local board views
11. Iwi views
12. Land owner views

Full SHA criteria with guidelines (PDF 217KB) 

If you think an area qualifies as an SHA and would like to apply for SHA status, email the Housing Project Office or contact us on 09 373 6292.

 


SHA locations

View the Special Housing Area locations for tranches 1-10:

Overview of Tranches 1-10 (PDF 5.7MB)


Announcements

April 2016

The overview map shows the tenth set of 36 SHAs.

April 2016 overview map (PDF 7.3MB) 

Click individual area names below for more site specific information.

 
Extension of existing SHAs

In addition to the new SHAs, the following existing SHAs are being extended:

February 2016

The overview map shows the ninth set of 10 SHAs.

February 2016 overview map (PDF 7.16MB)

Click individual area names below for more site specific information.

Extension of existing SHAs

 

November 2015

The overview map shows the eighth set of 10 SHAs.

November 2015 overview map (PDF 1.7MB)

Click individual area names below for more site specific information.

Extension of existing SHAs

August 2015

The overview map shows the seventh set of 11 SHAs.

August 2015 overview map (PDF 1.6MB)   

Click individual area names below for more site specific information.

 

 

July 2015

Click on the area names below for area specific information.

February 2015

Click on the area names below for area specific information.


September 2014

The overview map shows the fourth set of 17 SHAs.

September 2014 overview map (PDF 2MB)   

Click individual area names below for more site specific information.

May 2014

The overview map shows the third lot of 41 new SHAs and extensions announced:

May 2014 overview map (PDF 4.1MB)

Click on the area names for more area specific information:

Strategic SHAs

Other SHAs


Extension of existing SHAs
In addition to the 41 new SHAs, the following existing SHAs are being extended:


December 2013

The overview map shows the second lot of 11 SHAs announced:

December 2013 overview map (PDF 1.3MB) 

Click on the area names for more area specific information:


October 2013

The overview map shows the first 11 SHAs announced:

October 2013 overview map (PDF 2.1MB)  

Click on the area names for more area specific information:
 

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