Throw out Auckland housing plan – commission
More land must be opened up for housing, according to a long-awaited Productivity Commission report.
“Bold changes” are required to allow young people the ability to by affordable houses, the report said.
It recommends that the Auckland Council throw out its spatial plan that aims to house 75% of new homes within existing urban boundaries.
The plan “will be difficult to reconcile with affordable housing”.
And then there’s this article:
Council land rules slammed by new Commission
By Anne Gibson
A hard-hitting investigation into housing affordability has just been issued by the Productivity Commission which has criticised the system for locking out so many home buyers.
Murray Sherwin, chair of the Government’s first commission inquiry, said affordable quality housing was fundamental to successful communities yet the numbers of people forced to rent was rising.
Well whaddya know? The Productivity Commision is saying the Auckland planner’s plans are BS. Of course it is, but it’s nice to hear some influential people say it.
After all planners would rather die than listen to builders, developers, investors or even, the public – eeeewwwww.
But will they throw out their precious spatial plan? (Which is not actually a spatial plan at all but a street by street stipulation of what can’t be done) Of course they won’t. They’ll fight and argue that they are right and everyone else is wrong. And then they’ll change it ever so slightly (and change it back in other places) and say “There we go, we listened and changed the plan. The plan the people of Auckland said they want.”
And they’ll do it with straight faces. They’re used to holding a poker face while they lie to the public of Auckland, they’re very well practised.
You can read the Productivity Commission’s report here.