Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas

The Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas legislation enabled the streamlining of new housing developments, and allowed special housing areas to be designated under accords between the Government and Council.

Changes to the Act

The Government decided not to extend the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas legislation. Sections of the Act (16 and 17) expired on 16 September 2019.

No new Special Housing Areas (SHAs) can be established and all existing SHAs have been disestablished. The rest of the Act will be repealed on 16 September 2021.

SHA applications

Accordingly Territorial Authorities (Councils) can no longer submit new SHA applications to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

Resource consent applications

Resource consent applications for developments within SHAs that were lodged before 16 September 2019 will continue to be processed through the permissive resource consent process provided by the Act, until 16 September 2021.

Any consent applications lodged after 16 September 2019 will be processed through the Resource Management Act process.

Housing Accords

Housing Accords aimed to set targets and actions to increase the immediate and longer-term supply of land, and therefore improve the affordability of housing.

Published: September 16, 2019

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