Extensions aid local SHAs

Owners of a couple of local Special Housing Areas (SHA) may be breathing a sigh of relief following Government legislation passed last month that extends the timeframe for their developments to progress under the SHA rules.

The rules allow development to be fast tracked with minimal consultation and appeal rights for the community. SHAs must also contain a component of affordable housing.

Government passed legislation to extend the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act last month. The provisions of the amended legislation include giving existing SHAs a further year from the date they were established before they will be disestablished.

Had this not been passed, SHAs owned by developers who had not applied for resource consent by September 16 would have lost their SHA status.

Locally, resource consent applications for the SHA at 85-89 Brightside Rd (owned by Colin Craig’s Centurion Management Services) and 6-8 and 7-9 George Lowe Place, through to 6-8 Hillary Square in Orewa, where around 100 apartments are proposed, were not yet into Council when this issue of Hibiscus Matters went to print.

An Auckland Council spokesperson says that because those two developments were gazetted in Tranche 9 and 10 respectively, they have extensions under the legislation until February 15, 2017 and May 19, 2017 respectively to enable development consents to be lodged.