Special Housing Areas
Special Housing Areas (SHA) is one of the tools available to fast-track the development of housing in Queenstown and Wanaka.
What’s a Special Housing Area and why do we have them?
An SHA is an area of land suitable for new housing, where development can be fast-tracked under the more permissive consenting powers provided by the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act (HASHAA).
They were set up to boost our housing supply and improve housing affordability in the district by facilitating development that meets the needs of the growing population.
The Council and Central Government entered into the Queenstown Lakes District Housing Accord back in October 2014. An updated Accord was signed in July 2017.
The Accord includes a series of agreed targets relating to land supply and dwelling consents. It also allows Council the ability to recommend SHA’s to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development.
In October 2017, the Council also adopted an amended Lead Policy which sets out how the Council will implement the HASHAA.
You can read more about the legislation, the Accord and Council’s Lead Policy below.
The Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act (the HASHAA) was introduced in 2013.
The purpose of the HASHAA is to enhance housing affordability by facilitating an increase in land and housing supply in certain regions, such as Queenstown with housing supply and affordability issues.
On 16 September 2016, the Housing Legislation Amendment Act 2016 came into effect. This extended the HASHAA by an additional three years. This means the deadline for establishing Special Housing Areas (SHAs) and the date of repeal of the HASHAA has been extended to 16 September 2019 and 16 September 2021 respectively.
The Housing Accord
On the 23 October 2014, the Council entered into the Queenstown Lakes District Housing Accord (the Accord) with the Government. An updated Accord was signed on the 12 July 2017.
“The Accord sets out the Governments and the Council’s commitment to work together to facilitate an increase in land and housing supply, and improve housing affordability and suitability in the Queenstown Lakes District”
Under the Accord, Council has the ability to recommend SHAs to the Minister of Building and Housing. The Accord includes agreed aims and targets related to land supply and dwelling consents.
The Lead Policy
On 26 October 2017, the Council adopted an amended Lead Policy, to guide the Council’s implementation of the HASHAA. The Lead Policy is viewed as a live document that can be updated, by way of a resolution of the Council.
For more information
For information about SHAs, please contact Anita Vanstone, Senior Policy Planner, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 450 0334.