Mayoral Housing Affordability Taskforce
The Mayoral Housing Affordability Taskforce was set up in April 2017 by Mayor Jim Boult to investigate new ways of addressing housing affordability in the district. The Taskforce is chaired by Councillor John MacDonald with membership drawn from a wide range of parties with an interest or involvement in the supply of housing within Queenstown Lakes area. The Taskforce acknowledges that the housing affordability crisis is a New-Zealand-wide problem, but note that the District has additional growth and visitor accommodation pressures
Since it was established the Taskforce has met nine times in total to discuss the current situation in Queenstown Lakes and to consider what can be done to address the problem. They acknowledge that there is no single solution and the market is failing to deliver. They recognise a multi-pronged solution is required and that recommendations need to have strong buy-in from business, developers and the wider community. It was decided that a goal needed to be included which would help drive initiatives. That goal needed to be bold and should be that:
All of our workforce will be able to own or occupy a home in our District at a cost that allows them to live within their means by 2048, with an initial target of 1000 Community Affordable homes with secure tenure by 2028.
Since the Taskforce was established they have analysed the current housing situation in the District and made recommendations to bring the District closer to achieving the goal. Council will now consider how it can implement these recommendations.
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