Hopes high for SHAs
CHANGE is on the way for some state house tenants in central Auckland.
Patches of land have been earmarked for fast-tracked residential developments in the latest batch of special housing areas (SHAs) announced on May 7.
The green light areas include Housing New Zealand (HNZ) sites in Mt Albert, Mt Roskill, Grey Lynn, One Tree Hill, Waterview and Onehunga.
HNZ is assessing each property following the announcement and has started discussions about redeveloping its sites in Waterview and Asquith Avenue in Mt Albert.
If the plan is to do-up ageing HNZ stock then it’s a good one, Albert-Eden Local Board chairman Peter Haynes says. ‘‘I have high hopes. ‘‘The stuff that they’re doing today is just as good if not better than what you would expect from a private sector developer.’’
One light on the horizon is the possible HNZ redevelopment in Waterview, he says.
In the long-run it could mean community facilities in an area where there are almost none, he says.
‘‘At the moment there’s just a primary school and a hall. We’re hoping that as part of any large-scale development we can secure some more facilities in Waterview. It’s reasonable to expect.’’
An Onehunga site included on the list is home to the 40-unit HNZ pensioner complex Garside Village, in Jordan Ave.
Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board chairman Simon Randall says any intensification should be integrated with the area’s public transport.
‘‘At the moment it means nothing for the pensioner village but what potentially is proposed by HNZ could have an impact.
‘‘We will be advocating quite strongly for streets like Jordan Ave.’’
HNZ spokeswoman Bryony Hilless says the organisation will redevelop its Asquith Avenue, Mt Albert site.
‘‘It is an ideal location to redevelop and provide warm, dry and fit-for-purpose housing for our tenants that is also designed to meld into the current character of the community.’’
The latest batch of special housing areas brings the total to 63 across Auckland which will result in 33,500 new homes. Resource and building consents could be made as early as June.
Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says the project is going well with the first homes ready for Aucklanders to move into by the end of the year.
‘‘We are on track to achieve our first-year target of 9000.’’
But Generation Zero spokesman Sudhvir Singh says the 41 new SHAs don’t go far enough.
A lot of the sections up for grabs have been designated for the outer limits of Auckland, meaning increased transport and infrastructure costs, he says.
‘‘We still think there has been a missed opportunity here.
‘‘There’s still a huge amount of urban sprawl.’’
The next set of SHAs planned for August.
What's next?: Onehunga.