Housing supply and special housing areas

Special Housing Areas


Affordable housing

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

SHAs were set up to speed up the supply of housing as agreed in a Housing Accord between the council and central government. SHAs provide fast-track consenting with limited rights of appeal.

In Auckland SHAs were established as an interim measure while the Auckland Unitary Plan was being developed.  Some SHAs were disestablished in September 2016 and the last will be disestablished in May 2017.

Most SHAs are required to have a percentage allocated to affordable housing for any consented development over 14 dwellings. Some SHA developments voluntarily provide more than the criteria require.

The percentage and type of affordable homes required depends on which criteria apply to a development applicant, however most large developments have to provide at least 10 per cent affordable housing.

For example, at Hobsonville Point it is 20 per cent, and those houses are priced below $550,000 so they can be bought by people who earn the average Auckland wage.

 


Where can I find out about affordable housing in my area?

People interested in affordable housing in Auckland's SHAs should contact the developers directly.

Some developers, but not all, have freely provided contact information for their SHAs. See the list of SHAs for links to SHA developers' websites.  

There are various reasons that some developers haven't identified the SHA or provided contact information:

  • Not all developments have a website or one specific person to contact.
  • Some developers are not yet marketing SHA homes.
  • The new sites or homes have already been sold.

Developers also use a range of marketing approaches other than websites, such as real estate agencies, onsite marketing and bulk sale to other building companies. We recommend you ask directly about SHAs.

For more information, see:


The Housing Legislation Amendment Act was passed by Parliament in September 2016

Information about the Housing Legislation Amendment Act 2016 and the amended Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013 can be seen at www.legislation.govt.nz

Amongst other things, this Act enables applications underway for Plan Variations and Qualifying Developments in existing Special Housing Areas to continue to be processed.  This affects a small number of SHAs in Auckland.

In order to continue this processing, Auckland Council needs to be an accord territorial authority under Section 10(5) of the HASHSA legislation, which means a Housing Accord needs to be in force.

The Mayor and the Deputy Mayor agreed to extend the term of the Accord until 31 December 2016. This is consistent with the provisions of the Accord, which allow it to be amended by the Housing Accord Steering Group, comprising the Minister and Associate Minister of Housing and the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Auckland.

The timeframes for considering and hearing concurrent Plan Variation (PV) and QD applications is constrained.


Deadline for concurrent PV and QD applications in greenfields areas

The Amendment Act modified section 18 of HASHAA which specifies when SHAs are disestablished.

The current situation is that:

  • If the Order in Council (OIC) establishing an SHA was notified in the Gazette on or before 15 September 2015 then the SHA was disestablished on 16 September 2016.
  • If the OIC establishing an SHA was notified in the Gazette after 15 September 2015 and before 16 September 2016 then it will be disestablished 12 months from the date on which the OIC was notified.

A number of the SHAs established in Auckland were disestablished on 16 September 2016.  The rest will be progressively disestablished (on the 12 month anniversary of their notification in the Gazette) with the last tranche being disestablished in May 2017.

An application for a concurrent PV and QD in an SHA can only be made before the SHA it relates to is disestablished.

A PV’s concurrent QD application can be made at the same time as the PV application or at a later date, as permitted by s 26(3)(c)(ii) of HASHAA.

The provisions of HASHAA relating to how a PV is to be assessed have been substantially altered by the Amendment Act through the insertion of new sections 75A and 75B.  If you are considering making an application for a concurrent QD and PV you should seek independent advice on the options available under the legislation.


Deadline for QDs in brownfields areas

  • 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.

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


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

Website:

 

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

Website:


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.

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February 2015

Click on the area names below for area specific information.

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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.

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Websites:

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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

Website:

Other SHAs

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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:

Websites:

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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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