Twyford unveils steps to an urban development authority

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.”

Related documents

UDA factsheet.docx24.04 KB

UDA summary.pdf2.25 MB

Related stories today:

The override edict versus responsible governance

Ministry issues fact sheet on proposed new development authority

Property Council chief executive likes authority model

Earlier stories:

16 November 2018: 3-way partnership to fund infrastructure for next big subdivision at Wainui

8 August 2018: Unitary plan already steering Auckland housing toward intensification, says council economist

11 June 2018: Twyford creates new housing & urban development ministry

9 March 2018: Council considers green bonds for infrastructure funding

15 December 2017: Twyford launches the KiwiBuild plan

14 August 2017: Billions astray, but political thinking on Auckland transport infrastructure is positive

24 July 2017: Ministers explain infrastructure funding deal

9 April 2017: RMA reform approved – but central issue of competence still needs work

15 March 2017: Bill opponents talk “shambles”, not ideology

25 September 2016: Tracking ideas Sun27Sep16 – sprawl v compact, inclusionary housing, infrastructure funding, related pieces, Making NZ

11 July 2016: Little sets out 8 planks to remedy housing issues

3 July 2016: PM talks $1 billion infrastructure fund, English talks payback frame, Smith talks grabbing more power

8 November 2015: Twyford talks ideas which unitary plan & council funding review likely to resolve

28 May 2014: Bill controlling development contributions passes second reading

26 August 2013: Smith welcomes housing accord bill committee report as bully clause stays in

26 August 2013: Smith uses old statistics to justify pushing ahead with accord

12 August 2013: Greater ability to intervene a key tool in new RMA package

12 August 2013: Adams gives her rationale for resource management changes

1 August 2013: Smith welcomes housing accord bill committee report as bully clause stays in

14 March 2012: Key talks faster consents, lower rates bills

20 June 2008: Regional transport committee wants integration with land strategy, but defining land needs still some way off

26 March 2008: Rodney mayor wants ARC out, local decisionmaking, somebody else to mind the infrastructure

30 September 2007: Investing in world-class regulatory services – the council perspective

31 October 2006: Carter proposes 3 supply-side interventions to aid affordable housing

2002: Slicker Auckland City consent process promised

2002: Rodney decision on Kumeu subdivision seriously upsets regional council

Attribution: Ministerial release.

Categories: sectors, land use, urban strategies, growth strategies

Tags: urban development authority, housing, Urban Development & Housing Minister, Phil Twyford

Meta: urban development authority, Urban Development & Housing Minister, Phil Twyford, Property Council, Bob Dey Property Report

Focus word: urban

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.

Comments are closed.