Key issue 3: Responding to housing and growth

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Over the next 10 years we expect 260,000 more people will choose to call Auckland home.

We are required to provide services to that increasing population.

Through our regulatory role we also ensure safe and high quality development.

The Auckland Unitary Plan

Through the Auckland Unitary Plan, expanding zoning for new homes enables the potential development of more than one million homes in existing residential zones and 137,000 in planned future urban areas.

The Auckland Unitary Plan encourages a more compact city which uses infrastructure more efficiently.

What we are proposing

Illustration of a crane and building sites, depicting our investment in infrastructure.

We're investigating additional infrastructure requirements to support a large number of growth areas across Auckland. However, funding and financing new infrastructure in all of those areas is a major challenge.

We are proposing to take a more focused approach to providing infrastructure, working within the $31 billion proposed 10-year investment programme and the rates and debt settings proposed under key issue 1. We will focus our limited infrastructure investment capacity in a few key areas:

  • Areas agreed with the government as part of the Auckland Housing Programme, including Mt Roskill, Māngere, Tāmaki, Oranga and Northcote.
  • Where significant government investment has been made, such as Drury in Auckland’s south, and areas in Auckland’s north-west.
  • Where investment in significant projects, such as the City Rail Link, is being made.

We are not in a position to cover all the potential costs in the focused areas and there will need to be prioritisation of projects within these areas.

This focused approach will mean that we will not be heavily investing in infrastructure to support other growth areas in the short to medium term beyond that which is already committed.

We would continue to work with central government and private sector developers to explore alternative ways to progress development. This would include using the new Infrastructure Funding and Financing Act 2020.

Alternatives we have considered

Alternative one - increased funding

We considered an alternative of increasing funding to support the investment in growth that we would like.

This investment would be substantial at several billion dollars more than provided for in this proposed budget. Much higher increases in rates and debt than proposed would be needed for this.

We believe this wouldn't be affordable or responsible. It would also result in existing ratepayers subsidising new Auckland residents.

Alternative two – no change to our current plan

We also considered the status quo as an alternative (with the same rates and debt settings as proposed) under key issue 1.

This would see us continue to attempt to progress growth in many parts of Auckland with no additional funding.

This simply will not work and will fail to deliver the housing and development outcomes that everyone is looking for.

You can read more on this proposal in Section 7.3 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

You should know

This is a highlight of the key topics in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031. See page 32 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document for complete information and financial details.

Over the next 10 years we expect 260,000 more people will choose to call Auckland home.

We are required to provide services to that increasing population.

Through our regulatory role we also ensure safe and high quality development.

The Auckland Unitary Plan

Through the Auckland Unitary Plan, expanding zoning for new homes enables the potential development of more than one million homes in existing residential zones and 137,000 in planned future urban areas.

The Auckland Unitary Plan encourages a more compact city which uses infrastructure more efficiently.

What we are proposing

Illustration of a crane and building sites, depicting our investment in infrastructure.

We're investigating additional infrastructure requirements to support a large number of growth areas across Auckland. However, funding and financing new infrastructure in all of those areas is a major challenge.

We are proposing to take a more focused approach to providing infrastructure, working within the $31 billion proposed 10-year investment programme and the rates and debt settings proposed under key issue 1. We will focus our limited infrastructure investment capacity in a few key areas:

  • Areas agreed with the government as part of the Auckland Housing Programme, including Mt Roskill, Māngere, Tāmaki, Oranga and Northcote.
  • Where significant government investment has been made, such as Drury in Auckland’s south, and areas in Auckland’s north-west.
  • Where investment in significant projects, such as the City Rail Link, is being made.

We are not in a position to cover all the potential costs in the focused areas and there will need to be prioritisation of projects within these areas.

This focused approach will mean that we will not be heavily investing in infrastructure to support other growth areas in the short to medium term beyond that which is already committed.

We would continue to work with central government and private sector developers to explore alternative ways to progress development. This would include using the new Infrastructure Funding and Financing Act 2020.

Alternatives we have considered

Alternative one - increased funding

We considered an alternative of increasing funding to support the investment in growth that we would like.

This investment would be substantial at several billion dollars more than provided for in this proposed budget. Much higher increases in rates and debt than proposed would be needed for this.

We believe this wouldn't be affordable or responsible. It would also result in existing ratepayers subsidising new Auckland residents.

Alternative two – no change to our current plan

We also considered the status quo as an alternative (with the same rates and debt settings as proposed) under key issue 1.

This would see us continue to attempt to progress growth in many parts of Auckland with no additional funding.

This simply will not work and will fail to deliver the housing and development outcomes that everyone is looking for.

You can read more on this proposal in Section 7.3 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

You should know

This is a highlight of the key topics in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031. See page 32 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document for complete information and financial details.