Council addresses housing shortages

To address the housing shortages and unaffordability in Auckland, Mayor Phil Goff, Deputy Mayor and Franklin Ward Councillor Bill Cashmore, Housing Minister Phil Twyford and Minister for Building and Construction, Jenny Salesa, have committed to working with the Mayor’s Housing Taskforce.

The Housing Taskforce identifies barriers and constraints to building new homes in Auckland at the speed and scale needed to meet the demand caused by population growth. This Taskforce will assist in providing a platform to review, develop and assist with the Government’s Auckland housing policy. The Taskforce members include developers, builders, bankers, economists, architects and central and local government officials.

Phil Goff said this agreement ensures the right people from across the housing supply chain, council and government are in the room working together to build more houses in Auckland. Bill Cashmore said, “unlocking land for development opportunities is a priority if we are to build houses at the pace and scale Auckland requires. I am pleased with the progress so far and we are committed to work with Government to deliver for Auckland.

“Council is in direct conversations with Treasury and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on alternative funding tools and our 10-year Budget has proposed new targeted rates and a fuel tax as alternatives to simply relying on and increasing rates for revenue,” said Bill Cashmore.

Mayor Goff said that, together with Government, they see opportunities to link new transport infrastructure with the intensified housing to address Auckland’s housing shortages and traffic congestion challenges.

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