Here on Greater Auckland, we’ve got the sponsored RCG Development Tracker page which shows hundreds of housing projects across Auckland (and NZ): apartments, terraces, retirement villages etc. It also shows big commercial developments and Auckland’s rapid transit network.
After a great post from Matt the other week, I’ve updated the Development Tracker with the proposed light rail lines along Dominion Rd and out to the airport, and out to the North West. I’ve also switched up the colours: all existing rapid transit is now shown as red lines, and all proposed rapid transit is blue. Here’s Central Auckland:
The updated map is handy for showing where the light rail lines will go. I think it’s pretty exciting – try flicking to satellite view (in the top left corner) and take a look along the Dominion Rd route, which brings in many of Auckland’s town centres and will serve many thousands of people. Imagine how many more yellow dots there will be along those blue lines in the next few years!
Another key focus of these posts is looking at how many homes are being built in Auckland (and elsewhere). New Zealand lacks consistent data on home building – the best we have is “building consents”, which give a good indication of how many homes will be built in the next year or two.
It’s good news this month: the number of homes consented in Auckland keeps ticking up, and reached 11,629 for the year to April 2018. We need more than this, but it’s high compared with what has been achieved in the past. This is the third-highest number of consents in the last 28 years, with only 2003 and 2004 higher.
Looking across the rest of New Zealand, home building is at high levels pretty much everywhere. Hamilton and Tauranga, which are also fast-growing cities, have plateaued. Proportionately, they’re building faster (and probably growing faster) than Auckland. Christchurch keeps easing back from the post-quake boom, but is still high compared with historical levels.