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Call for robust housing supply chain

Vic Crone

With a 30,000 home shortage in Auckland, we are not seeing clear enough progress in the absolute basics of housing supply.

While we are distracted with pie in the sky and fringe solutions, Auckland’s average house price romps towards a million dollars.

There are practical and realistic actions to address housing supply and affordability in Auckland. Some we haven’t started, others we’re not seeing strong enough progress in. These are to:

1. Host an immediate housing summit

2. Put communities back at the heart of neighbourhood development

3. Release land faster for development

4. Get tough on land banking

5. Speed up consenting

6. Speed up priority roading and water projects

7. Create incentives for building more affordable homes

8. Partner with private capital and social enterprise to also build affordable housing

9. Align Unitary Plan intensification around key transport modes

10. Provide user-friendly quarterly report cards on progress

To support progress, I suggest urgent moves that include targeted rates for land banking, sunset clauses for Council/Government land, a lean process review of consenting and its digitisation, and measures to ensure more affordable housing mixes. Progress will be driven by user-friendly and comparable housing report cards.

Suggestions of the Government building for demand are wildly unhelpful distractions. It just doesn’t have the capability or flexibility to deliver the scale and speed we need.

It is pretty clear by now that Phil Goff’s big vision for Auckland is to be asleep at the wheel while Wellington runs it. If he is serious about being Auckland’s Mayor, has has got to take off his Labour MP hat and come up with a broader source of solutions. Ideally, that would include levers actually related to the Mayoral job.

For more information, visit https://vic4mayor.nz/policy/housing/

Vic Crone is a candidate for Auckland Mayoralty in the October 2016 election.

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