We need to talk about Bill

We need to talk about Bill English’s repeated accusations that planning is responsible for stratospherically high house prices and inequality, and about the opportunity the Auckland Unitary Plan has to get housing back on the right track. Ever since he wrote the forward to Demographia’s 2013 annual housing affordability survey, our Minister of Finance has […]

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Bright Line Test is too little, too late

On 1 October, the Government’s Bright Line Test came in to force, despite the fact the legislation has yet to be passed into law. It is still being considered by the Finance and Expenditure Committee. When it is enacted, sometime before the end of the year, it will be retrospective. This is National’s too-little-too-late attempt […]

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Achieving a compact Christchurch

 The Land Use Recovery (LURP) Draft plan outlining where and when future housing, business, infrastructure and leisure should be provided in greater Christchurch, was handed to Minister Brownlee on 5 July.  ECan, under instructions from the Minister, had been developing this future Christchurch plan, and opened it for public submissions in April. We offered a […]

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Where will cost of new property development fall?

The National Government continues to undermine local democracy and erode the autonomy of elected councillors with its plan to limit what local authorities can charge as development contributions. Councils can currently afford the infrastructure costs associated with new subdivisions and other land developments by charging what is called a “development contribution”. This helps pays for […]

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