Daily Archives: February 26, 2016

Addressing Auckland's Acute Housing Crisis

With 800 additional arrivals coming into Auckland every week we are certainly facing a housing crisis…

http://transportblog.co.nz/2016/02/10/aucklands-migration-boom/

That’s 40,000 additional people choosing to live in Auckland 

- 10,000 new homes needed

- 12,000 additional cars coming onto our roads

- 3 or 4 new schools will be needed

- additional hospital capacity needed

- etc….
We are currently building around 9,000 new dwellings per year and with an estimated shortage of 20,0000 homes, we are going to be playing `catch up’ for a number of years.

The most sensible solution is to intensify … build up as well as out (not everyone wants to live in the outer suburbs) 

However we have a well-organized group of NIMBY’s who have a fear of intensification who recently high-jacked a council meeting and forced some of our (weak-kneed) Councillors to vote against the Unitary Plan that provides for greater intensification.

Here is what Dr Sudhvir Singh of Generation Zero says about the subject:

`Auckland urgently needs more housing choices if we are to address our acute housing affordability crisis and provide the kind of living spaces that our diverse and ageing population needs. That’s why the Unitary Plan, a Government requirement which provides the framework for where future development can take place, is so important.

Groups that have always been opposed to a quality compact city, such as Auckland 2040, are once again trying to water down the Unitary Plan through opposition to a few small amendments to the plan’s proposed zoning laws.

These groups, representing a small but well organised number of existing homeowners from certain suburbs, have now chosen to poke holes in the process of agreeing on the plan. But this is just the latest argument they use to disguise the fact that they just don’t want our city to develop at all – a recklessly irresponsible position when we are faced with both a housing affordability crisis and the exciting economic and social stimulus of close to one million new Aucklanders arriving in the next 30 years.’

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