Swar­brick’s pol­icy to tackle hous­ing cri­sis

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TOM CARNEGIE

Auck­land’s youngest may­oral can­di­date has re­leased her plan to com­bat the city’s hous­ing cri­sis.

Chloe Swar­brick has re­leased her hous­ing and rates pol­icy that out­lines a four step sys­tem to ‘‘Bring back to life the Kiwi dream of be­ing able to own a home’’.

The 22-year-old Ep­som res­i­dent’s four steps are to re­move ar­ti­fi­cial bar­ri­ers to in­crease sup­ply, stream­line the con­sent­ing process, re­form rates and in­creas­ing coun­cil fund­ing.

Cur­rently rates are cal­cu­lated by com­bin­ing cap­i­tal value with fixed charges and ‘‘other rates’’.

Swar­brick states in her pol­icy cal- cu­lat­ing rates this way is prob­lem­atic as ‘‘it in­cen­tivises prop­erty as an in­vest­ment, not as a util­ity’’.

Swar­brick pro­poses that rates should rather be cal­cu­lated on land val­u­a­tion alone.

She states in her pol­icy this type of cal­cu­la­tion ‘‘would ease the bur­den on those us­ing their land ef­fi­ciently, by bal­anc­ing it out and see­ing those who are not do­ing so - those hold­ing the com­mu­nity to ran­som - are pay­ing eq­ui­tably to do so’’.

Swar­brick said the rates re­form would work along­side her other poli­cies and vi­sion to bring an end the hous­ing cri­sis and gen­er­ate a sta­ble mar­ket.

She is stand­ing as an in­de­pen­dent in the up­com­ing Oc­to­ber elec­tions.

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