The government is “willing to shake up anything” to help Auckland meet the demand for serviced land for house building, Bill English says. At his weekly post-Cabinet press conference he said this could include the way government, Council and WaterCare interact.
• Issues such as how land could be serviced with infrastructure like waters and transport was now being dealt with particularly through discussions on the government’s $1bn Housing Infrastructure Fund.
• Discussions were giving the parties a more thorough understanding as to why councils were cautious about building infrastructure ahead of demand, and how they charged for it. A good platform was being set for larger scale planning reform.
• Bill English was asked whether central government would back Council in the use of targeted rates to pay for specific infrastructure projects. Councils too have the capacity for value uplift rating. While calculating that was “pretty tricky,” in principal Councils could look at using this type of rating scheme.
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