Ac­cord sets am­bi­tious hous­ing tar­get

Rotorua Review - - FRONT PAGE - BENN BATH­GATE

The sign­ing of a Spe­cial Hous­ing Ac­cord aims to see the num­ber of homes built in Ro­torua al­most tre­ble in the next four years.

The Ac­cord, signed by the Gov­ern­ment and Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil, has a tar­get of 900 new homes to be built in the com­ing four years, dwarf­ing the 374 homes built in the last four years.

The tar­get for sec­tions con­sen- ted is 1050, against just 316 over the last four years.

The Ac­cord was signed by Ro­torua Mayor Steve Chad­wick and Hous­ing Min­is­ter Nick Smith, who de­scribed the num­bers as ‘‘am­bi­tious yet achiev­able’’.

‘‘We’ve agreed a tar­get of 900 dwellings and 1050 sec­tions over the next four years, which will av­er­age out to 225 dwellings be­ing con­sented each year,’’ said Smith.

Chad­wick said the Ac­cord would help ad­dress the grow­ing de­mand for hous­ing in the dis­trict.

‘‘It shows con­fi­dence in our dis­trict and ac­knowl­edges that Ro­torua faces chal­lenges be­cause of an in­crease in our pop­u­la­tion,’’ she said.

‘‘We do wel­come growth, but it presents a num­ber of chal­lenges putting pres­sure on road­ing and other in­fra­struc­ture, our en­vi­ron­ment and hous­ing. This agree­ment pro­vides a mech­a­nism to help ad­dress those chal­lenges.

‘‘Now it is in place Coun­cil will be able to work with land­lords and devel­op­ers to see how we may be able to help them move for­ward with their build­ing plans.’’

Ro­torua MP Todd McClay de­scribed the tar­gets as ag­gres­sive and said they would ease pres­sure on both the hous­ing and rental mar­ket.

‘‘We are more than dou­bling the num­ber of con­sents and this will re­sult in more houses built more quickly. It will also be a huge boost for our local trades and con­struc­tion sec­tor,’’ he said.

‘‘This will ease pres­sure on the hous­ing and rental mar­ket and mean more lo­cals get into their first homes. Ro­torua’s pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing, our local econ­omy is boom­ing and un­em­ploy­ment is fall­ing. Now the Coun­cil has the tools it needs to en­sure that hous­ing sup­ply keeps up with de­mand.’’

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