31/08/2017 12:00:00 p.m.
31 August 2017
Government and Rotorua Lakes Council have vowed to fast-track the consent process to build homes more quickly and in turn relieve housing pressures resulting from population growth.
Rotorua Mayor, Steve Chadwick, and Minister for Building and Construction, Dr Nick Smith, signed the Rotorua Housing Accord today at a 40 lot subdivision site above Lynmore, which was recently consented after the land was rezoned.
The accord acknowledges a joint commitment to work together to address housing supply and affordability issues in the district.
Rotorua Mayor, Steve Chadwick, welcomes the accord saying it is one tool which will enable the district to address the housing demand in the area.
“It shows confidence in our district and acknowledges that Rotorua faces challenges because of an increase in our population. 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,” she says.
In the past four years, the district’s population has grown by 5,000 people to about 73,400 and is now described as a medium growth area with local housing stock under pressure.
Under the accord, Council and Government have agreed to provide consent targets for sections and dwellings. (Details are below)
Mayor Steve Chadwick says the accord will cater to the specific needs and challenges faced by the district.
“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,” she says.
Mrs Chadwick is thankful to Building and Construction Minister, Nick Smith, and Rotorua MP, Todd McClay, who proposed the accord, for their efforts addressing housing matters.
She also thanks Council staff who have been involved in developing the Rotorua Housing Accord.
Photo: Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick signs the housing accord with Building and Construction Minister, Nick Smith, and Rotorua MP, Todd McClay