Auckland Unitary Plan

27 May 16, 3:57pm
Key says the National Policy Statement on urban land use will direct Auckland Council to release land if it fails to meet targets
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24 May 16, 1:48pm
English, Bennett signal 'significant' social housing announcement in Budget 2016; Bennett acknowledges housing crisis for homeless; English slams Auckland Council again; Smith denies housing crisis
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23 May 16, 4:03pm
Nick Smith announces deals done for developments on three Government-owned land sites in Auckland to build 740 homes; sites in Manukau, Mt Albert and Waterview; homes to be built within 18 mths
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19 May 16, 11:03am
English capitalises on Labour call for Auckland to abolish urban boundary; ramps up pressure on Council ahead of Unitary Plan decision; Greens, ACT support Labour too, with caveats; Darby tells Govt to back off; Goff wants Govt funding help
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18 May 16, 1:00pm
Labour calls on Govt to abolish Auckland's Rural Urban growth Boundary and relax density controls in upcoming National Policy Statement; also calls for new way to fund infrastructure for developments
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16 May 16, 10:05am
Key defends Govt's actions on affordable and social housing as reports emerge of Auckland families living in garages, cars and containers; suggests families talk to Work and Income; Smith flags land release directive; sees ChCh as model
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12 May 16, 7:16pm
Finance Minister says Govt expects Auckland Council to approve Unitary Plan that caters for housing supply growth needs; says August vote on Plan 'probably the single biggest issue for house prices across the country'
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13 Apr 16, 12:18pm
Key, English reject calls for new demand side measures to cool Auckland housing after shock surge in March; Govt continuing on with current supply-side strategy
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28 Mar 16, 6:05pm
Auckland 2040, which opposed Council 'up-zoning' in Unitary Plan, sees no long term housing capacity problem in Auckland; prefers intensification in town centres; prefers suburban areas remain single level
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28 Feb 16, 5:02am
Bernard Hickey describes how a few hundred Auckland home-owners were able to knee-cap the aspirations of generations of renters and strangle New Zealand's economic growth potential in a couple of meetings
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24 Feb 16, 8:08pm
Auckland Council decides to withdraw 'up-zoned' version of Unitary Plan from Independent Hearing Panel process; Councillors vote 13-8 to pull new 'denser' maps from Unitary Plan process; young renters pitted against old property owners in 6 hour meeting
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24 Feb 16, 11:08am
Auckland's housing market could be developing a split personality as the market eases at the top and price pressures increase at the bottom
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18 Feb 16, 7:40pm
Housing and Building Minister quizzed in Parliament over revolt within Auckland Council against housing intensification; says supports intensification in leafy Eastern and Northern Suburbs; Key keener on intensification in CBD, West Auckland
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16 Feb 16, 1:44pm
Minister calls on Auckland Council to 'stay the course' on building 'up and out'; says Council needs to deliver Unitary Plan before expiry of Special Housing Areas in Sept 2016; Key more equivocal; sees intensification in CBD, West Auckland
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15 Feb 16, 3:30pm
Auckland Councillors wobble on intensification plan; Major plank of Govt's housing supply strategy under threat; National supporters sabotaging plan; Property Council accuses Baby Boomer Councillors of locking out next generation
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19 Dec 15, 5:02am
Auckland Council proposes to open up the pricey coastal suburbs of Orakei & Westmere to more housing intensification, yet leave the villas of Ponsonby & Herne Bay in their glory
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17 Dec 15, 7:58pm
Auckland Council releases maps proposing new more dense housing developments on public transport routes & near town centres; hopes it can close shortfall of up to 100k houses on previous zoning rules
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29 Sep 15, 5:20pm
English bemoans effects of Council planning and infrastructure decisions on housing affordability and inequality; wants more clarity for Councils on infrastructure incentives
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27 Jul 15, 10:10am
PM rules out ban on foreign buyers of property due to FTAs and TPP, but says Govt considering land tax on foreign buyers or stamp duty; Unitary Plan modelling suggests massive housing supply shortfall
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23 Jun 15, 1:58pm
English says hopes final Unitary Plan will allow Auckland to meet its housing growth needs from both greenfields and densification on brownfields land
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