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Hauraki District Council relaxes rules to allow more affordable housing

Hauraki District Council relaxes rules to allow more affordable housing

Posted August 29, 2019
Council Matters

The Hauraki District is making it easier to suddivide and build new houses after new rules were signed off this week. 

The district is experiencing growth and a lack of affordable housing, so rules have been loosened up for people to subdivide their sections or build an additional house for parents or extended family to live in on the back of their property.

The new rules mean people in residential areas of Waihi, Paeroa and Whiritoa can subdivide their sections into smaller sized lots. It also means building additional houses on one property to cater for extended families will be possible on some smaller sized sections. 

The District Plan rule changes also allow sheds for personal storage on vacant residential sections, and more earthworks can be done without the need for resource consent.

The new rules will become operative from 16 September 2019, followed by further proposed changes that will also address issues around zoning of land.