Auckland Council has received the first resource consent application for development within one of Auckland's new Special Housing Areas ("SHAs").  A fast-track process applies to certain qualifying developments within SHAs.

The current resource consent application is for a community development at Weymouth, South Auckland.  The development by Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau (the Tāmaki Collective) – Tamaki Makaurau Community Housing Ltd is for up to 300 new dwellings and sections over the next four years.  The homes are to be built with a key focus on providing high quality housing within an affordable price range - expected to be between $325,000 and $475,000.  A range of housing types will be provided to address current shortages, from smaller two-bedroom units to larger four and five bedroom homes.

Because the Weymouth development is subject to the SHA fast track procedures, the first part of the development may be ready for occupation as soon as July 2014, with the entire development scheduled for completion by 2017.

Earlier this week, Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Auckland Mayor Len Brown also announced a second batch of 11 SHAs that will progressively bring to market more than 9,500 homes across Auckland.  The locations for the 11 new SHAs are:

  • Belmont, Pukekohe, 720+ homes, 90 hectares;
  • Clinker Place and Thom Street, New Lynn, 780+ homes, 13.7 hectares;
  • George Terrace, Onehunga, 50+ homes, 2.4 hectares;
  • Hingaia, 2500 homes+, 478 hectares;
  • Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket, 50+ homes, 0.4 hectares;
  • Lake Pupuke Drive, Takapuna, 70+ homes, 0.7 hectares;
  • Northern Tāmaki, Tāmaki, 1800+ homes, 204 hectares;
  • Royal Road, Massey, 108+ homes, 10.3 hectares;
  • Scott Point, Hobsonville, 2592+ homes, 283 hectares;
  • Silverdale, 876 homes, 91 hectares; and
  • Trent Street, Avondale, 29 homes, 0.9 hectares.