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Inclusionary Housing Variation

We’re proposing to introduce Inclusionary Housing rules into the District Plan to help more people access affordable housing in the district. 

The proposal would require most new residential subdivisions and developments to pay an ‘affordable housing financial contribution’.

This money would be collected by Council and provided to the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust (or another registered Community Housing Provider), providing them with an ongoing funding stream to deliver their incredible work to provide access to affordable housing.

Housing is one of the biggest challenges our community faces.  It’s also at the heart of creating secure, connected and caring communities, creating jobs and a diverse economy.  This proposal is really important because it will support access to affordable housing for low-moderate income earners, helping to attract and retain skilled workers to the district.  It also supports people to stay within the district, rather than living further afield in cheaper locations and commuting long distances to work. 

Since 2003, we’ve successfully used inclusionary housing as a way of securing affordable housing contributions from developers on a case-by-case basis.  The proposed rules will formalise that requirement providing more certainty that the construction of affordable housing can continue. 

This is a complex but important topic for everyone in the district.  To help people understand what’s proposed we’ve summarised some key points and provided answers to frequently asked questions.  For those who wish to get right into the details, the proposed rules are also available below.    

Submissions on the inclusionary housing plan change are now closed, and the submissions and submission summary document can be viewed below:

https://www.qldc.govt.nz/your-council/district-plan/proposed-district-plan/hearings/ 

To assist submitters an indicative schedule for the hearing has been provided in the table below, this may be subject to change. The first minute will confirm the final version of the hearing schedule and will be provided to submitters and posted online once it is available.

Hearing Timeline

  • Council 42a Report available on the Website: 16 November 2023

  • Evidence in chief (including expert evidence) received by QLDC: 12 noon - 19 December 2023

  • Evidence in chief available on QLDC website: 22 December 2023

  • Rebuttal evidence received by QLDC: 12 February 2024

  • Rebuttal evidence available on QLDC website: 14 February 2024

  • Hearing start date: 27 February 2024

Make a Further Submission to Submission #72.4

Make a further submission:

Any written further submissions must follow Form 6, as prescribed by the Resource Management (Forms, Fees, and Procedure) Regulations 2003. All submissions must state whether or not you wish to be heard in support of your further submission at a hearing. The further submission form is available from the QLDC offices and listed below , as well as the Ministry for the Environment and New Zealand Legislation websites.

Who can make a further submission?

The following persons may lodge a further submission:

(a) Any person representing a relevant aspect of the public interest; and

(b) Any person that has an interest in an aspect of the variation greater than the public in                 general.

What can a further submission cover?

Further submissions must be limited to matters in support of, or in opposition to, a matter raised in an original submission.

Further submissions on submission #72.4 have closed.

Form 6

 

Make a Further Submission to Submission 181

Make a further submission:

Any written further submissions that do not use the online form must be made using Form 6, as prescribed by the Resource Management (Forms, Fees, and Procedure) Regulations 2003. All submissions must state whether or not you wish to be heard in support of your further submission at a hearing. The further submission form is available from the locations listed above, as well as the Ministry for the Environment and New Zealand Legislation websites.

Who can make a further submission?

The following persons may lodge a further submission:

(a) Any person representing a relevant aspect of the public interest; and

(b) Any person that has an interest in an aspect of the variation greater than the public in                 general.

What can a further submission cover?

Further submissions must be limited to matters in support of, or in opposition to, a matter raised in an original submission.

Submissions have closed

Form 6

 

Make a Further Submission

When a person or group makes a submission or further submission on a District Plan or Plan Change this is public information.

Please note that by making a submission your personal details, including your name and addresses will be made publicly available under the Resource Management Act 1991. This is because, under the Act, any further submission supporting or opposing your submission must be forwarded to you as well as to QLDC.

There are limited circumstances when your submission or your contact details can be kept confidential. If you consider you have compelling reasons why your submission or your contact details should be kept confidential please contact the Senior District Plan Administrator on 03 441 0499 to discuss.


Summary of key facts

  • This is a proposal and will be subject to a formal public consultation process which starts on 13 October 2022.

  • The proposal may change as a result of submissions.

  • The proposed rules do not apply until Council makes a decision on the plan change following a hearing. This will take some time.

  • The proposed financial contribution will not apply in the following areas. This is because a pre-existing agreement to provide affordable housing contributions has already been made with developers:

    • Jacks Point (including Hanleys Farm), Bullendale, Coneburn, Arrowtown Retirement Village, Northlake, Queenstown Country Club, Longview, Hikuwai, Riverside Park, Peninsula Bay, Allenby Farms, Quail Rise, Shotover Country, Homestead Bay, Tomasi.

  • The proposed ‘affordable housing financial contribution’ is important to support the vital work of the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust (or another registered Community Housing Provider).

  • Since 2007, the Trust has built and delivered a total of eight housing developments (119 homes) on land received through an inclusionary housing-type process, which along with other homes purchased has helped 244 local households remain in the area. Further housing developments (totalling over 100 homes) are also underway at Northlake, Hāwea and Arrowtown.

Summary of the proposal

The proposed ‘affordable housing financial contribution’ would be payable either at the time of residential subdivision approval and/or when building consent is issued for a new build (including apartments in business and mixed use areas).  The contribution will not apply to small units (residential flats) located on an existing house site). 

The proposed contribution for a subdivision would be:

New subdivisions that create vacant residential lots within existing urban areas

5% of the additional serviced lots created, to be provided to the Council as either a transfer of land or as an equivalent monetary contribution

Residential subdivisions in a Settlement Zone, Rural-Residential Zone, Wakatipu Basin Rural Amenity Zone Lifestyle Precinct or Special Zone

1% of the anticipated sales value of the additional lot(s), as defined in the proposed provisions

 

The proposed contribution for new residential development in urban areas would depend on whether a contribution has already been paid by the developer that completed the subdivision.  

Where new houses are to be built on lots that have not already been subject to an affordable housing contribution (for example building on a vacant lot that was created before the proposed rules come into effect), the contribution would be the lesser of either:

  • 2% of the anticipated sales value of the additional house(s) created, or

  • A set rate of $150 per square metre of the net increase in residential floorspace.

For example: a new house on a vacant lot with a floor area of 150m2 and estimated value of $800,000 would trigger a contribution of $16,000.

A $1.5 million new house with a floor area of 250m2 would trigger a contribution of $30,000.

More details on the proposed contribution, how it’s calculated and how they’ve been set, can be read in the FAQs or proposed provisions below. 


Want to talk about it?

If you have any queries on any of the information provided, how to make a submission or need help finding a particular document, please contact one of our dedicated duty policy planners on 03 441 0499 (Queenstown) or 03 443 0024 (Wānaka) or email us at pdpenquiries@qldc.govt.nz

Social Impact Assessment

From Monday 4 September, we’re running a Social Impact Assessment on our proposed Inclusionary Housing Plan Change, and we want to hear from you about existing housing conditions and affordability in the Queenstown Lakes District.

For more information on the Social Impact Assessment and to share your thoughts, please head to https://letstalk.qldc.govt.nz/sia-proposed-inclusionary-housing-plan-change.