Auckland's Special Housing Areas Producing More Houses

Two years into the Housing Accord and the establishment of Auckland Council’s Housing Project Office and the establishment of Special Housing Areas (SHA’s) , there is much to celebrate.


In the last two years alone, through the Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas Act (HASHAA), Auckland Council has released around 1,700ha of land that would not have been able to be built on for several years without the SHAs.


Additionally, to date SHAs have enabled almost 50,000 homes to be built, which will, over time, make a significant impact on housing supply right across the Auckland region.


Ree Anderson, Housing Project Office Director, says developers are active in the SHAs and homes will be delivered faster because of them.


“In the usual development cycle, large developments similar to the scale in SHAs take around five years or more. To date SHAs have enabled almost 50,000 homes to be built, over time, and this will show up in figures for completed homes in the coming year,” says Ms Anderson.


The role of Auckland Council

She says that it’s also important that people understand council doesn’t build houses.


“What it does do is enable them to be built. In fact, under the Housing Accord signed with Government, the target is for Auckland Council to complete 39,000 consents for sites or dwellings. It is developers, not council, who do the building.”


During this earthworks season, which began on 1 October, Auckland Council expects to see around 1,000ha of land in SHAs undergoing work in preparation for the building of new homes. 


Key numbers

  • 97 SHAs
  • 47,000 potential SHA dwellings enabled
  • 1700 hectares of land made available
  • 12,000 homes in new greenfield areas undergoing rezoning and masterplanning
  • 2000 consented homes in SHAs
  • 39,000 the target for consented sites or dwellings over the course of the Housing Accord


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