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Governing Body receives housing taskforce update

Published: 25 October 2018

Auckland Council’s Governing Body today received the latest Mayoral Housing Taskforce work programme update.

The Mayoral Housing Taskforce was set up to find options to progress the building of more homes to meet the demand created by Auckland’s growth.

The latest update shows that good progress is being made across many areas with some of the key highlights including:

  • progress on alternative funding mechanisms for infrastructure investment, such as the Housing Infrastructure Fund and Crown investment Partners.
  • using the Auckland Housing Programme and KiwiBuild to address the need for an on-going, consistent and reliable construction pipeline that enables the industry to invest in resources and technology.
  • Record dwellings consented in the year to August 2018 with 83 per cent of consents for new dwellings existing within the urban limit.
  • the council’s work with Housing New Zealand, HLC and KiwiBuild to use their housing programmes to create an ongoing construction pipeline. This includes structure planning in Mt Roskill and Mangere, infrastructure delivery and looking at how the building of new homes can be escalated in those areas.  

Mayor Phil Goff said, “The Mayoral Housing Taskforce for the first time brought all the sectors involved in housing together – private sector, local and central government – and its report received bipartisan support last year.

“Its goal was to increase the scale and pace of housing construction to bring housing supply into balance with demand. There are positive signs that this is starting to happen.

“In the year to August 2018, 12,959 dwellings were consented in the region, the highest level of building consents on record. In the same year, 10,138 dwellings had a Code of Compliance Certificate issues, indicating dwellings that had been completed.

“Around 83 per cent of consents were for dwellings within the urban limit, showing some constraint on urban sprawl and making better use of existing infrastructure.

“The Council’s Unitary Plan has played a constructive role in making more land available for building and allowing better land use with more intensive housing within the City’s boundaries.

“Taskforce partners have commented favourably on Council’s resource consent process for qualified partners and straight forward work, and council is also piloting innovative approaches to consenting such as in Redhills where Council is working with Universal Housing to consent infrastructure and house building at the same time.

“We have made significant progress on raising capital for infrastructure through the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) and will soon be able to deliver new infrastructure funding through Crown Infrastructure Partners (CIP). Using CIP will enable the construction of infrastructure without breaking council’s debt to revenue ratio, and enable the delivery of tens of thousands of new homes more quickly.

Taskforce advocacy to central government has focused on changes needed to the building code and building act including allowing for a wider range of pre-fabricated components in the Building Code and shared liability across a number of parties when developments fail. The Government is due to report back on this in the near future.

The following is a digest of decisions made. The agenda is available on Auckland Council’s website and minutes will be added once confirmed. This meeting was also webcast on the council’s website and items are available on demand.

Other items at the Governing Body were:

Auckland Council Top Risk Register

The September 2018 Auckland Council top risk register was received by the Governing Body following its consideration and referral from last month’s Audit and Risk Committee.

The Top Risk Register is reported to the Audit and Risk Committee every quarter for consideration and endorsement. The Top risk register outlines the key risks facing the council.

Hearings Panel report on the Proposal to Revoke Legacy On-site Wastewater Bylaws

The Governing Body revoked the four remaining on-site wastewater legacy council bylaws because they are currently included in under Auckland Unitary Plan.

The bylaws covered the former council areas of North Shore City, Waiheke, Papakura and Rodney. They will be revoked on 1 November 2018.

More information is on OurAuckland

Role of the Audit and Risk Committee with respect to the City Rail Link Project

The Governing Body endorsed the role of the Audit and Risk Committee to provide assurance that significant investor risks are being appropriately identified and managed. The Committee will receive regular investor risk reports with respect to the City Rail Link project.

Submission on Proposed New Infrastructure Body

Earlier this month the Government announced its proposal to establish a new independent infrastructure body. The proposed body’s role would be to strengthen infrastructure strategy, planning, investment and delivery across the entire country.

consultation document was released on 8 October 2018, with feedback due by 26 October 2018 .

The Governing Body approved a council submission which supported:

  • the Body to carry out functions spanning the two broad areas of strategy and planning, and project delivery support
  • the intention to develop of a long-term infrastructure strategy for New Zealand
  • publishing a pipeline of infrastructure and a view that the pipeline should be promoted locally and internationally

The council requested clarification on how “identifying New Zealand’s priority infrastructure” is to be undertaken and that solid waste and recycling be included in the definition of significant infrastructure.

A copy of the draft submission is available here.

Appointment to the Auckland Council Youth Advisory Panel

The Governing Body noted the process for appointing a new member of the council’s Youth Advisory Panel to fill a vacancy representing the Aotea-Great Barrier local board area.

Extraordinary business - Health and Safety regarding e-scooters

The Governing Body requested an urgent memo from the Chief Executive on the health and safety regarding e-scooters.