Gorge Road Special Housing Area

The Business Mixed Use Zone (Gorge Road) Special Housing Area (SHA) is due to expire on the 23 June 2017.  As a result of pre-application discussions with a number of landowners/developers, the Council believes there is merit in re-establishing and extending the SHA to try and encourage landowners/developers to build houses or apartment buildings (including those aimed at worker accommodation). The proposed re-establishment of the SHA would mean that it would not expire until the 16 September 2019. 

The proposed SHA will include all areas that are proposed to be zoned Business Mixed Use within the Proposed District Plan, and it is also proposed to include 133 Hallenstein Street and Warren Park within the proposed SHA. 133 Hallenstein Street is located in the High Density Residential Zone of the Proposed District Plan. It is noted that Warren Park is vested as a reserve and there are no current plans for its use other than as a park. 

The proposed boundaries of the SHA are indicated in the below map:

Gorge Road SHA

 

Any development under the proposed SHA would need to meet several criteria including:

  • Minimum 3 number of dwellings to be built;
  • ‘Gorge Road A’ - Warren Park (Pt Lot 48 DP 8591, Lot 1 DP 19293 and Lot 2 DP 19293 ) building height limit of 15 metres and a maximum of four storeys;
  • ‘Gorge Road B’ (all other sites including 133 Hallenstein Street (Lot 3 DP 12188)) height limit of 20 metres and a maximum of six storeys; and
  • At least 30% of dwellings shall comprise of studio, 1 or 2 bedroom apartments.

It is proposed that any proposal over 12m in height would be reviewed by the Urban Design Panel to ensure a pleasant streetscape and living environment.

This SHA is a little different to others that have already been approved because the proposal has come from the Council and applies to multiple properties, rather than one private landowner.  The Council will make its determination on the re-establishment of the SHA at the Full Council Meeting on the 25 May 2017. 

While the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013 does not provide for formal consultation on the establishment of special housing areas, the Mayor and Councillors are interested to hear local views on this proposal.

Submit Comments / Feedback

Any person or organisation is welcome to submit comments and the Council encourages everyone with an interest to do so.

All comments will be treated as public information. Your name and comments will be publicly available, however we will not disclose your contact details.

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The period to make comments closes at 5pm on 22 May 2017.  

If you would like more information, please email Anita Vanstone in our Planning Team, services@qldc.govt.nz