The Herald reports:
Housing Minister Nick Smith is reminding Auckland Council of Government’s power to override local government if it does not co-operate on speeding up the supply of affordable housing.
The construction of between 2000 to 3000 homes in northwest Auckland has hit a roadblock after Auckland Council refused consents for three special housing areas.
The council wanted central government to first commit to improving transport infrastructure at the greenfield sites before there was any further growth in the region.
So the Auckland Council wants taxpayers in Dunedin to pay for their local roads in Auckland?
The Council gains significant revenue from new sub-divisions. They get a one off from developer fees (and these have increased massively) and they get rates income from new properties. These fees and rates are to pay for local infrastructure.
If the Auckland Council tries to extort money from the rest of us for their core responsibilities, the Government should tell them where to go.