Housing supply and special housing areas

Special Housing Areas


Overview

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

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

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


SHA programme - final year

As the Accord and HASHAA are in their final year, the council and government have agreed on the timetable to establish the final SHAs under the Housing Accords Special Housing Areas Act 2013 (HASHAA).

We are no longer accepting requests for new SHAs.

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

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 orders in council creating Special Housing Areas will be revoked at the close of 16 September 2016 in accordance with s18 of HASHAA.
  • The Independent Hearing Panel is due to provide their recommendations on the PAUP to the council on 22 July 2016.
  • The council is due to release its decisions on the PAUP by 19 August 2016. Consequently, the appeal period on the PAUP is likely to close in min-September.

If the relevant zoning in the PAUP becomes operative before a PV under HASHAA for the same area becomes operative, then the Unitary Plan zoning will be the operative zoning. In that case the PV will be considered withdrawn and no further action will be able to be taken in relation to it.

Because of timing issues and the implications of s75 of HASHAA we advise any person who is considering making an application for a PV and concurrent QD to obtain independent planning and legal advice.


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.


What role do communities play?

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.

Before you lodge an application for resource consents in SHAs, we encourage you to talk with adjacent owners and infrastructure providers, in order to avoid notifications and hearings.

Once an application is lodged, adjacent landowners may have the opportunity to have their say, but only if we considered notification necessary.

The HASHAA limits notification to owners of adjacent properties and infrastructure providers only. It also limits appeal rights.


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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