Housing & Urban Development Phil Twyford unveiled new details on Saturday of how the proposed Housing & Urban Development Authority would function.
The Government will introduce new legislation to establish the Housing & Urban Development Authority to Parliament in 2019, and Mr Twyford expected the first projects would start in early 2020.
The time for public submissions will come during the select committee process.
Although he said it would partner councils, iwi & the private sector, its key difference would be the “cut-through” powers, including:
- the power to override local councils’ planning processes & bylaws
- taking over the consenting process for its projects, and
- resuming land from private developers who don’t deliver what was agreed.
Mr Twyford said the authority’s cut-through powers would enable it to “build quality state & affordable homes and create thriving masterplanned communities”.
He said the new authority would be responsible for leading the Government’s largescale urban development projects and for being a world-class state housing landlord. It will bring together 3 existing agencies that build homes – Housing NZ, its subsidiary HLC Ltd (ex-Hobsonville Land Co Ltd) & the KiwiBuild Unit.
In his release, Mr Twyford said: “This is the first big step towards creating the authority, which will have wide-ranging powers to transform suburbs, cutting through the roadblocks to largescale development. Housing NZ’s role as a public landlord and its housing services & products will become part of the authority.
“The authority will transform the way New Zealanders live, work & play by building communities with a mix of public, affordable & market housing, as well as the jobs, transport links, open spaces & facilities people need –it will do this at scale & pace so we can build our way out of the national housing crisis.
“The authority will lead a range of large & small urban development projects throughout the country in partnership with local government, iwi & the private sector. For some largescale complex development projects, it will have access to a range of statutory powers including:
- shortened planning & consenting processes
- building & changing infrastructure
- funding infrastructure & development
- bringing together parcels of land, and
- reconfiguring reserves.”
Mr Twyford said he’d release more details on how the urban development authority would operate “over the coming months”.
He said the authority could help with developments already underway, including the Mt Roskill & Porirua regenerations.
“There will be no change for Housing NZ tenants. Being a world-class public landlord will be a key priority for the new agency. It will have a strong social focus on the wellbeing of both its current & future tenants.
“We believe public & affordable housing should be at the heart of our developments. This move puts public housing at the heart of our ambitious planto build masterplanned communities.”
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Excerpt: Issuing edicts at the weekend is not a good way to govern in a democracy, but that’s the approach Transport, Housing & Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has adopted to roll out a housing & urban development authority.Caption: Urban Development & Housing Minister Phil Twyford.