As of 20 March 2019, the Council is no longer accepting expressions of interest for Special Housing Areas.
The following Special Housing Areas have been proposed to the Tasman District Council.
The first applications were considered by Council on 22 June 2017.
Subsequent applications have been considered by Council as follows:
The process and time frames we follow for applications has been streamlined. The goal is increasing the supply of residential land in the Tasman District.
The streamlined process under Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act (HAASHA) and subsequent Housing Legislation Amendment Act 2016 is:
Developers and landowners may lodge an expression of interest with Council for the establishment of a new SHA at any time. The expression of interest must clearly identify a piece of land suitable for residential development and include a high-level development concept.
In discussion with Council staff, the applicant must determine the infrastructure requirements for the proposed development, both within the site and the wider network. An agreement as to how the required infrastructure will be established must be agreed between the applicant and Council.
The applicant is then required to lodge a full application in accordance with the lead policy (process and criteria) by the due date.
Council will operate on a cost recovery basis.
The Council is likely to be supportive of SHAs in areas where there is a clear demand for housing, where the land is zoned appropriately and where there is already suitable infrastructure or there are plans for it to be built by either the Council or the developer.
We will subsequently decide whether to recommend the establishment of a SHA to the Minister.
We will abide by the following principles, as set out in the Lead Policy, when considering SHA applications:
Where a request for a special housing area includes land that is not currently zoned residential or deferred residential (including rural residential), we can consult and seek the views of the community. We can also take this feedback into account when deciding whether to recommend to the Minister the making of a Special Housing Area.
If we seek community feedback on an application, then the application will be considered after the consultation is completed.