Peo­ple in queue for low-cost sec­tions

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

At least 2000 res­i­den­tial sec­tions are in the pipe­line for Wanaka, pending con­sent de­ci­sions. How­ever, it is likely just a small hand­ful of those will be set aside for the dis­trict’s af­ford­able hous­ing scheme.

The 20 af­ford­able sec­tions set aside in the yet-to-be-con­firmed North­lake sub­di­vi­sion, will not cover the 29 Wanaka house­holds cur­rently on the Queen­stown Lakes Af­ford­able Hous­ing trust wait­ing list.

And if North­lake doesn’t get the ‘‘yield trig­ger point’’ of at least 775 sec­tions, it’s likely none will be set aside for the $160,000 sec­tion deal set out in the North­lake plan change, lawyer War­wick Gold­smith told the En­vi­ron­ment Court last week.

Since it was es­tab­lished in 2007, the trust has pro­vided hous­ing for low to mod­er­ate in­come house­holds, con­tribut­ing to the dis­trict’s so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal well-be­ing.

House­holds reg­is­ter on line and if deemed el­i­gi­ble, may re­ceive a starter loan or en­ter a rent saver agree­ment with the trust.

De­vel­op­ers can en­ter stake­holder agree­ments with the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict

It’s a num­bers game for af­ford­able hous­ing in Wanaka. Coun­cil, to set aside land or pay cash levies into the scheme.

Not all choose to do so, but Wanaka devel­op­ment com­pa­nies North­lake In­vest­ments Ltd and In­fin­ity In­vest­ments Ltd are among those who have signed con­fi­den­tial agree­ments to sup­port the scheme.

Wil­lowridge De­vel­op­ments Ltd, to date, has not signed to it but has of­fered its own ‘‘af­ford­able’’ deals, such as its Lake Hawea devel­op­ment, Tims­field.

Trust ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Julie Scott says de­vel­op­ers typ­i­cally agree to set aside about 5 per cent of ti­tled sec­tions and the scheme has worked ‘‘ex­cep­tion­ally well’’.

There are 14 Wanaka house­holds presently on the trust’s scheme, apart from the 29 on the wait­ing list.

While this doesn’t seem many, com­pared with the num­ber of sec­tions be­ing ap­plied for, Scott said the wait­ing list is rel­a­tive to Wanaka’s pop­u­la­tion and pro­por­tion­ately, is ‘‘right on par’’ with de­mand in Queen­stown.

An­other four Wanaka house­holds that were on the pro­gramme have left the dis­trict, she said.

‘‘And that’s only the peo­ple who have reg­is­tered in­ter­est. If we did a big mar­ket­ing push, I know the num­bers would go up.’’

But if they did that push, the trust has not got the stock.

Queen­stown Lakes gen­eral manager of plan­ning and in­fra­struc­ture, Marc Brether­ton, said with at least 2000 sec­tions pos­si­ble through col­lec­tive con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions, ‘‘Wanaka doesn’t have a lack of sup­ply of res­i­den­tial land in any shape or form’’.

‘‘What Wanaka could do with is a bit more di­ver­sity, in sec­tion sizes in par­tic­u­lar. Smaller sizes could mean cheaper prices . . . Some peo­ple might be hap­pier in du­plexes on smaller sec­tions. By that, I’m think­ing the aging pop­u­la­tion, peo­ple who are look­ing at mov­ing off their larger sec­tions,’’ Brether­ton said.

mar­jorie.cook@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz

De­ci­sions: 85: House­holds cur­rently be­ing sup­ported by the Queen­stown Lakes Af­ford­able Hous­ing Trust; 14 in Wanaka. 258: El­i­gi­ble house­holds on the trust’s wait­ing list in Jan­uary; 29 from Wanaka 800: House­holds in Queen­stown Lakes dis­trict who have reg­is­tered ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est with the trust.

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