Part One: What’s happening in Local Government?

So far this year, Property Council has submitted on a wide range of Local Government consultations.

We’ve submitted on topics ranging from Annual Plans, Long Term Plan Amendments and Development Contribution Policies.

This time of year is when Local Government tends to make decisions that shape the property sector. The table below shows key outcomes across the regions:

Council Policy PCNZ Stance Outcome
Auckland Council
2022 Annual Plan. Included $1 billion Climate & Transport package.
Broadly supportive. We recommended the use of unspent Regional Fuel Tax funds to reduce the cost to ratepayers of the Climate & Transport package.
Partial win
Hamilton City Council
2022 Annual Plan
Supportive. We commended Hamilton for strong alignment with the Long Term Plan.
Win
Waipa District Council
2022 Annual Plan
Supportive. We commended Waipa for strong alignment with the Long Term Plan.
Win
Tauranga City Council
2022 Annual Plan
Serious concerns regarding proposed increases to commercial rating differentials.
Loss
Tauranga City Council
2022 Long Term Plan Amendment
Supported the Civic Precinct Masterplan and the use of SPV’s for the Transport System Plan and Tauriko West development.
Win
Tauranga City Council
2022 Development Contribution Policy
Supported elements of the policy. Deeply concerned about the use of city-wide DC's for community infrastructure.
Loss
Wellington City Council
2022 Annual Plan and Amendments to Long Term Plan
Serious concerns regarding proposed increases to commercial rating differentials.
Loss
Greater Wellington Regional Council
Revenue and Financing Policy
Did not support all proposed changes including removal of public transport differential out of Funding Impact Statements.
Loss
Christchurch City Council
2022 Annual Plan
Broadly support but concerns regarding proposed vacant site differential.
Partial win
Christchurch City Council
Te Kaha Arena
Strongly supported continuing with the Te Kaha Arena
Win
Queenstown-Lakes District Council
2022 Annual Plan
Broadly supportive. We recommended further analysis to the Climate and Biodiversity Plan to prioritise more actions and a slight rates increase.
Partial win

Keep an eye out for Part Two, where we’ll provide an update on what has been publicly notified regarding Councils and the National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD).

Author | Logan Rainey

Fresh from a Bachelor of Arts majoring in economics and politics, Logan joined us in early 2022 as he studied towards his Master of Public Policy at the University of Auckland.

Highly personable and enthusiastic, Logan is particularly good at keeping his cool under pressure and articulating our advocacy position in plain English.

A welcome addition to the team, Logan looks forward to getting to know our members over the coming months.

logan@propertynz.co.nz

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