11 June 2020
Progress on social housing builds, work to remove barriers to new developments and strengthening of partnerships are being achieved alongside the creation of a Rotorua district housing strategy.
The draft housing strategy framework, He Papakāinga, He Hāpori Taurikura – Te Poupou Rautaki; Rotorua Home and Thriving Communities – Strategic Framework was presented to Council’s Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee today [11 June 2020] and was approved to progress to public consultation.
Crown entity Kainga Ora has 62 homes finished or underway in Rotorua city at present and agreement with iwi trusts for about 40 transitional homes, the Committee has heard. Kainga Ora is also working to ensure a pipeline of land that would yield more than 100 more additional homes.
Council has been working directly with developers to remove barriers for currently proposed new residential development including challenges related to stormwater and fast-tracking of district plan changes. Enabling future development is also a focus for longer-term infrastructure planning.
Genuine partnerships with Te Arawa (including land and iwi trusts involved in transitional housing), and with Central Government (throught the ministries of Housing and Urban Development and Social Development) have underpinned successes and progress to date, Council’s Strategy Group Manager Jean-Paul Gaston told the Committee today.
Those relationships enabled, for example, the placement of all Rotorua’s homeless into temporary accommodation during the COVID-19 lockdown and saw support agencies and organisations providing wrap-around support.
Mr Gaston said these stronger partnerships were also crucial to submitting well-supported “shovel-ready” projects for potential Government funding, aligned with the need for housing. Decisions on these are pending.
Members of an Establishment Leadership Group (ELG) set up to oversee development of the framework were also present at today’s meeting. The group includes representatives from Council, Te Arawa and Central Government.
Geoff Rolleston of Council’s partnership board Te Tatau o Te Arawa said collaboration of all partners has been fundamental to development of the draft framework which “aligns very strongly” to Te Arawa’s long-term vision. He said the framework provided far-reaching future opportunities, including employment and training, and had the potential to produce significant outcomes for Rotorua.
ELG Te Arawa representative Hingatu Thompson said the framework was not just about houses but about homes and building connected communities, and said it would be important for Council to take the vision and objectives in the framework into account as part of future decision-making.
Engagement last year with a variety of stakeholder groups and the public provided input into development of the draft framework.
The recommendation to proceed to public consultation was unanimously supported by the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee.
A six-week public engagement process is proposed, but will remain flexible to ensure the ability of wider community members and stakeholders to participate.
Go to P11 of the meeting agenda to see the full report on this matter.
See links to supporting documents, including the draft framework, below:
View the presentation that supported today’s korero regarding this kaupapa at THIS LINK
Go to THIS LINK on Council’s website to access livestreaming/recording of today’s meeting. The housing strategy framework was the first item on the agenda.