Submissions on the go | March 2024

The Government has released the Government Policy Statement on Land transport (GPS). The GPS seeks to introduce 30-year plans, financed in 10-year increments. It also sees the reintroduction of roads of national significance and discusses alternative ways to fund roading projects such as value capture. It is important that the private sector participate in early-on discussions around funding, uplift, feasibility and practicality of proposals. Property Council supports the GPS and is currently drafting a submission.

Please contact Katherine Wilson for more information.

Earlier this week, Christchurch City Council released their Draft Long-Term Plan. This sets out what the Council plans to achieve over the next decade, and how it will be funded. Property Council will be reviewing the proposed Long-term Plan and will be shortly preparing our submission. We are interested in hearing from our Christchurch-based members. 

To get involved with this workstream, please contact Sandamali. 

MBIE and Standards New Zealand are looking for feedback on the draft Technical Specification for Structural design actions – Part 5: Earthquake Actions – New Zealand (TS1170.5). This focuses on providing updated engineering guidance to determine earthquake loadings when designing new buildings. While this document is technical in nature, it is important to note that changes to technical specifications, affect key stakeholders such as property owners and developers. Changes in building standards, and the NBS rating system create flow on effects to the feasibility of projects and long-term ownership decisions, ultimately impacting the building stock in New Zealand.

Property Council has completed a draft high-level submission on the draft document. If you wish to review our draft and provide feedback, please email Sandamali Ambeptiya

Submissions close 3 April 2024.

It’s no secret that seismic issues are one of the biggest challenges facing the property sector. Historically, there has been a lack of Government direction with continued changes to building seismic performance ratings which has created inconsistencies and uncertainty in the sector. Over time, this has affected the use of buildings and the future pipeline of development due to feasibility concerns.  

Our Seismic Strengthening Taskforce was established as a way for our members to discuss these issues and offer the Government solutions on how to fix these inconsistencies. Now, more than ever is our time to workshop solutions for the sector. 

If you are interested in joining the Seismic Strengthening Taskforce, please email Sandamali Ambeptiya.

On 28 February, consultation opened on Auckland Council’s Long Term Plan 2024-2034. This will help set Auckland’s future direction for the next 10 years and outline Council’s priorities including infrastructure, how much it costs, and where the money might come from. 

Property Council has recently provided an oral submission to Auckland councilors on the Long Term Plan, covering rating differentials and the importance of alternative approaches to funding and financing. We will shortly be providing a written submission to Auckland Council. 

Please contact Logan Rainey for further information. 

On March 19, consultation opened on Hamilton City Council’s Long Term Plan 2024-2034 and Development Contribution Policy 2024. Together, these will set out Hamilton City Council’s proposed direction for the city and outline how it will be funded.  

Property Council is deeply concerned about the significant increase proposed for development contributions. We are currently reviewing the consultation materials and will be shortly preparing our submission. We are interested in hearing from Waikato based members. 

To get involved with this workstream, please contact Logan Rainey for further information. 

Author | Katherine Wilson

As Property Council’s Head of Advocacy, Katherine is tasked with leading our advocacy campaigns at both a regional and national level.

Level-headed and engaging, Katherine has both a law degree from Otago University and an arts degree (majoring in politics) from Auckland University. With solid experience as a policy analyst and advisor in Wellington and Auckland, she has extensive networks and solid analytical skills.

Katherine is hugely dedicated, highly intelligent and committed to ensuring the voice of our members is heard at all levels of governance. She’s also relentlessly positive and enjoys a good chat.

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