1 Jun 2013

Councils demand Govt withdraw housing threat

5:57 am on 1 June 2013

Local Government New Zealand is demanding that the Government withdraw a threat to step in and decide where new housing should be built.

The Government wants to be able to fast-track planning processes, and speed up new home building in growth centres.

It hopes to pass legislation by August, providing for accords such as one signed in principle with the Auckland Council, to create special fast-track zones.

Local Government NZ supports the idea, but not a clause allowing the Government to make unilateral planning decisions, if no agreement is reached with a council.

President Lawrence Yule said he doubts Auckland Council would ratify its accord if the override clause is not removed.