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Approved Special Housing Areas
An SHA is an area of land suitable for new housing, where development could 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 housing supply and improve housing affordability by facilitating development that meets the needs of the growing population.
QLDC 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 applies district-wide.
The Accord includes a series of agreed targets relating to land supply and dwelling consents. It also allows Council the ability to recommend SHAs to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development.
In 8 August 2019, the Council also adopted an amended Lead Policy to guide how the Council will implement the HASHAA.
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 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, we 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, we have 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
The Lead Policy is viewed as a live document that can be updated, by way of a resolution of the Council. On 8 August 2019, the Council adopted an amended Lead Policy, to guide our implementation of the HASHAA.
What approved SHAs are there?
Bridesdale – 136 sections (including two existing dwellings) (Consent obtained - SH150001 - development completed)
Shotover Country – 101 sections (Consent obtained - SH160139 - development completed)
Arrowtown Retirement Village – 195 apartments + aged bed care facility (Consent obtained - SH160141 - development underway)
Queenstown Country Club – 332 apartments/villas plus 14 residential sections + aged bed care facility (Consent obtained - SH160140 - development underway)
Onslow Road – 21 sections (Consent obtained - SH160140 - development being completed under QTCC)
Arthurs Point Stage 1 (Bullendale) – 88 residential units (Consent obtained - SH160143 - development completed)
Business Mixed Use Zone (Gorge Road) – 143 units (Consent obtained - SH160147 - not proceeding)
Arthurs Point Stage 2 (Bullendale) - 92 residential units (Consent obtained - SH190001 - development underway)
Hāwea (Universal Developments) - 400 residential units (Consent obtained - SH190005 - development underway)
Wānaka (Bright Sky) - 281 residential units (Consent withdrawn - SH190490 - not proceeding)
Coneburn - 600 residential units (Consent obtained - SH190488 - development underway)
So far, approximately 2400 residential sections/units have been approved via SHAs.
All 11 SHAs have been consented, two are not proceeding, six are under construction and three have been fully delivered (Bullendale Stage 1, Bridesdale and Shotover Country). Those SHAs completed or underway will deliver a potential yield of approximately 2000 residential units and aged bed care facilities.
For more detail on the Resource Consents already approved, please search eDocs.
These have resulted in significant benefits to the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust by way of financial contributions, land and land/housing packages.
All of the above SHAs have been disestablished with the exception of the Business Mixed Use Zone (Gorge Road SHA). On 14 August 2017, the Minister of Building and Construction established the Business Mixed Use Zone (Gorge Road) as an SHA.
It is noted that applications for variations to consent conditions for consent applications lodged before the disestablishment of an SHA can still be made under the HASHAA even after the SHA has been disestablished.
Links to the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas (Queenstown-Lakes) Amendment Orders are below.Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas (Queenstown—New June 2016 Areas) Order 2016 (external website)Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas (Queenstown-Lakes) Amendment Order 2019 (external website)
Where are they?
Please click on the maps below to view the locations of these Special Housing Areas.
For information on SHAs, please contact:
Duty Policy Planner