Farnham Street residents looking at each other down the barrel of a gun

Caution: this post contains references to John Farnham. I was updating the Development Tracker recently, and added another one to the list – 9 Farnham Street. It hasn’t made it off the starting blocks yet, despite a couple of attempts. In 2008, and perhaps for some time before that, 9 Farnham Street was being advertised for a five-storey building, with three floors of office and two penthouse apartments: Source: Google Streetview The sign was still up in 2009, but sometime after that it was taken down.…
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Unitary Plan Recommended Zoning – the maps

The version of the Unitary Plan released last week and recommended by the Independent Hearings Panel (IHP) almost doubled the number of dwellings that they believe can feasibly be built over the next 30 years. By far the biggest change comes from enabling more dwellings within the existing urban area which goes from 84,000 in the version of the plan notified in 2013 up to 270,000 in the IHP version, a massive 221% increase.…
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How to reduce Auckland house prices

Arthur Grimes, the former chair of the Reserve Bank board, caused a stir with his proposal to crash Auckland house prices by 40% by building lots more housing: My call for policies to drive a house price collapse is driven by my personal value judgement that it’s great for young families and families on lower incomes, to be able to afford to buy a house if they wish to do so.…
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Local board Rhetoric Doesn’t Match Reality

Let’s start with a quick pop quiz: you’ve got an existing town centre that you want to improve, making it more vibrant and successful. Do you A) Encourage more people to live locally who will use the town centre B) Encourage more people to live locally who will use the town centre C) Encourage more people to live locally who will use the town centre D) Oppose people living nearby and worry about the cars trying to drive through and past your town centre being ever so slightly hindered.…
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Development update: June 2016

It’s been a little while since I wrote a “Development Update” post, and a lot has happened since then:The final batch of Special Housing Areas was approved. Downtown Shopping Centre has closed, and is about to be demolished. Tunnels for the City Rail Link will be built underneath, and the site will be redeveloped as Commercial Bay, an office tower and shopping centre.…
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