Bernard Orsman at NZ Herald reports:
Brown claimed space for 15,000 homes but now concedes just 2000 sites ready.
Auckland has 2000 new sections ready to build houses on, says Mayor Len Brown, who last month claimed there was enough land for 15,000 homes.
As debate grows about housing and land supply in Auckland, Mr Brown is no longer claiming the city has enough new land to build 15,000 houses “right now”.
Instead, he is saying there is capacity for 15,000 homes on ready-to-go greenfield land in areas such as Flat Bush, Takanini and Hobsonville, but only 2000 sections have reached the building stage.
That’s a big reduction, in fact an 87% reduction.
Councillor Dick Quax said Mr Brown had proclaimed to all who would listen that Auckland had 15,000 sections ready for houses to be built on “right now”.
“The mayor is now having a big helping of humble pie as he acknowledges that there are just 2000 sections ready for construction to begin.
“What this means is Auckland runs out of land to build on in May,” Mr Quax said.
The latest admission, he said, showed just how dire the land supply was and an acknowledgement the council had got it seriously wrong.
Auckland has a higher urban density than every major city in Australia. Moving the urban limit outwards is just common sense. Town planners don’t like it, because they want everyone to comply with their views on where people must live to make their job easier. But frankly I think the rights of home owners trump the rights of town planners.Tags: Auckland Council, housing affordability, Len Brown, porkies