Resource Management Act (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 116288 Submission by Unitec Housing Research Group

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Turner, David
Wagner, Cesar
Melchiors, Lucia
Wang, Xinxin
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Resource Management Act 1991
Intensification Streamlined Planning Process (N.Z.)
medium-density housing
high-density housing
Auckland Unitary Plan
residential housing
urban intensification
housing in Auckland
Turner, D.F., Wagner, C., Melchiors, L., & Wang, X. (2021). Resource Management Act (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 116288 Submission by Unitec Housing Research Group. (22 November 2021). Wellington: Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, New Zealand
PRELIMINARY 1.1. We note that the Purpose of Amendment Bill 116288 is to introduce amendments designed to increase rates of housing supply, increase speed of consenting processes, increase housing affordability, while maintaining the core principles of the Resource Management Act 1991 to create excellent sustainable high quality urban environments. Any proposed changes to currently approved legislation must be measured against these objectives. The Bill introduces an Intensification Streamlined Planning Process mechanism (ISPP) intended to achieve some of the stated objectives. [...] 2.8. Housing Research Group comments (i) de-regulated developments on B-4 sites, and other pre-2016 housing schemes illustrate deficiencies in controls exposed by previous Auckland housing projects that should be corrected in future legislation. (ii) as an example the Amendment Bill 116288 proposes a 1.0 x 1.0m outlook space for habitable rooms other than the principal habitable room (Schedule 3A, cl. 15 (1,2)). The effect of this reduced standard is shown in Figure 1, 10 Campbell Road, resulting in inadequate light and view from the room. Figure 2, with 3 examples illustrates a common absence of servicing planning that is not addressed in the draft Bill. (iii) for future housing developments the Bill’s amendments will consolidate rather than eliminate these problems of inadequate regulation exposed by representative projects identified here. (iv) These issues should not be “left to the market” for definition and/or resolution: they are all material to the quality of the urban environment (that is, they serve the public interest) or are material to the quality of the housing provided and to the well-being of the occupants. 2.9. Summary: The purpose of revision to legislation is to correct shortcomings and improve outcomes. Amendments proposed in the Bill fail to acknowledge or address the deficiencies in current regulations illustrated by built examples drawn from the pre-AUP period of development. By embedding deficiencies (2.8 (iii) above) the Amendment Bill effectively endorses these development practices.
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