Housing accord and special housing areas

The housing accord is an agreement with government about increased housing supply and affordability.

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The Tasman Housing Accord

The Tasman Housing Accord sets targets for delivering increased housing supply and better affordability of homes.

Specific sites can be proposed for new housing by developers, and these are considered under the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013.


The Accord sets out the Council’s commitment to enablinging an adequate supply of land and a healthy mix of residential living options for housing. The aim is increasing the supply and affordability of homes in the Tasman District.



The Accord sets targets for the Tasman District Council for consenting new residential dwellings and gives the Council the ability to recommend the establishment of Special Housing Areas to the Minister for Building and Construction.

In the first 2 years of the Housing Accord we have consented 787 dwellings and will meet or exceed our overall target of 1100 houses for the first 3 years.

Lead Policy

The lead policy sets out how we consider requests for special housing areas (SHA). The policy has a set of over-riding principles that set the context for decision making. The policy itself sets out the process the council will follow and the criteria it will use to guide its decision making on requests for SHAs. 

Housing Accord - Lead Policy (pdf, 274 KB)

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