The Intensification Action Plan is a sub strategy of the Future Development Strategy. The action plan examines ways in which Council can enable intensification and sets out specific actions with timescales and departmental owners.
The action plan will help implement the Nelson Tasman Future Development Strategy and in particular its recommendation that 40% of the capacity provided for housing to 2048 should be by ‘building up’, i.e. intensification.
The intensification action plan, with a supportive investment plan, will not only help implement the Future Development Strategy but will also inform other Council plans prepared under the Resource Management Act (RMA) and Local Government Act (LGA).
The figure above is from the Intensification Action Plan (pdf, 3.2 MB).
Generally in New Zealand, it is the replacement of lower density housing with medium density housing on an already developed site or the new development of a greenfield site with medium density housing. The density itself will vary according to location nationally, with our cities having the highest densities. Intensification can take both ‘infill’ and ‘redevelopment’ forms.
‘Infill’ is usually where a section is subdivided and an additional dwelling(s) is added, often to the rear, as shown in the local example below:
‘Redevelopment,’ another form of intensification, is where the original house is removed from the section and is replaced with a number of attached units, as shown in the local example below:
Intensification is already possible using existing rules of the Resource Management Plan in a large number of towns in the District. New rules that enable denser development still are currently operational around Richmond town centre. You can view a guide to these new rules.
The Future Development Strategy proposes another area in Richmond and parts of Motueka, Wakefield and Brightwater for intensification in the future.
The action plan identifies four main contributors to achieving increased intensification in identified Tasman towns. These contributors are housing preferences, regulation, infrastructure and costs. Council actions are prioritised in the plan in order of cost effectiveness, with a colour coded system; red, orange and green, with green being the least costly and potentially effective in terms of meeting the goal of increased intensification.
Costs of implementing the actions vary considerably. Some do not need further resources. Others amount to significant investment by Council in e.g. infrastructure and some of these will be proposed in the Long Term Plan (LTP) 2021 – 2031. See the summary of actions. (link going to table)
Did you know that you can already obtain a discount on your development contributions(Council fees) of up to 50% for a small or minor dwelling? A small or minor dwelling is less than 110 sq m floorspace and 3 or less bedrooms. This has been available since 2018 and the policy is being further refined as part of the Long Term Plan 2021-2031.
The working group will meet regularly to assess progress on the actions. The plan itself will be reviewed every three years, alongside reviews of the Future Development Strategy and the Long Term Plan. We will also continue to monitor housing intensification proposals within zones areas, so we can keep an eye on the level of uptake.