Support for Housing Growth in Lower Hutt
Housing supply and affordability is an issue right across the country and it’s something that the Lower Hutt City Council is addressing in it’s Urban Growth Strategy.
Sixty-two percent of households in the Hutt City in 2032 are forecast to be one person households or couples without children – that’s because New Zealand has an aging population and families are downsizing.
3,400 new homes (that’s about 170 a year) will be needed to maintain Hutt City’s population.
To manage this, Council’s Urban Growth Strategy targets an increase of 6,000 homes in the city by 2032. This will be achieved through a mix of housing development and targeted intensification in certain parts of the city.
Mayor Ray Wallace says, “It’s important that Council works together with developers to ensure that they build quality, affordable homes”.
“Greenfield land has been in short supply in the city and we are helping to address this by partnering with developers to help provide the infrastructure needed to bring over 74 hectares of land onto the market in Kelson and Wainuiomata. This will help to provide sufficient land for at least 1,100 homes”.
Council would like to see low-rise apartments in a limited number of sites in the city. These sites have been chosen because they are close to main centres, key public transport routes, and/or high levels of public amenity.
The four locations identified in the Urban Growth Strategy for low-rise apartments are Waterloo, CBD Fringe, Petone Esplanade and Eastbourne Village/Foothills.
Any development of low-rise apartments will be expected to be designed to a high standard with a particular focus on type and mix, lifestyle and community amenity.
Article Sourced: Hutt News – 29/04/2014