Wellington.Scoop » Kāpiti mayoral candidate hails move of 164,000 more homes

Press release – Rob McCann
Kāpiti Mayoral Candidate Rob McCann is delighted that our region has recognized the huge need for housing on the Kapiti Coast and has moved the District Plan Two (PC2) change project forward.

The plan change is required under government legislation and reinforced the KCDC’s Growing Well strategy. While council initially tried to concentrate intensification in town centers and transport hubs, the government has required first tier councils to allow landowners to build up to three three-storey properties.

“Today’s vote gives effect to the national policy statement on urban development and medium-density residential standards, potentially enabling 164,000 additional housing units in Kāpiti,” said Kāpiti mayoral candidate Rob McCann .

The proposed plan change will now be subject to public consultation with hearings by an Independent Hearing Panel.

“The board should be a facilitator,” says Rob McCann. “Too often we are seen as an obstacle to development. Councils throughout New Zealand have unfortunately helped to create the housing crisis as land has not been released for house building, and densification has been actively discouraged by special character rules which have begun to spread across the country in the 1970s.

“Our housing needs assessment revealed stories of how market conditions are forcing residents out of their homes and out of the neighborhood. House prices are known to have increased almost four times faster than household incomes and rents 40% faster than household incomes between 2001 and 2021.

“We have 190 people on the public waiting list and 50 adults and 40 children living in emergency accommodation and over 200 in boarding houses. More than 88% of renters are unable to afford a home at the price of a lower quartile home and only 5% could afford to pay off an affordable mortgage.

“The changes that PC2 will introduce will help our region deal with the housing crisis, ensuring that more houses are built to accommodate existing residents and that feasible housing capacity is increased to cater for the 32,000 people expected who will settle here in the next 30 years.

“While I don’t expect this to bring house prices down significantly, it may help stabilize prices somewhat and it will certainly increase the diversity of homes and provide some choice for potential homeowners.

“This is a significant step forward for a region that is ridding itself of the growing pains of seaside towns. We know it’s time to start planning for growth and taking control of our future, and that means having a community where residents can afford rentals and homes.

“I would like to thank all of the staff who worked on this plan and the community for engaging in one of the largest consultations – our growth strategy. This is a big step forward for the region. One that focuses on growth, preserving our environment, supporting Papakainga Housing and the sustainable growth of our region.

The views expressed are those of mayoral candidate Rob McCann and do not necessarily represent those of Kāpiti Coast District Council. Mr. McCann held the Housing and Social Welfare portfolios during this triennium.

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