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Three special housing areas mooted for Hamilton

Three special housing areas mooted for Hamilton


Three fast-track housing areas are on the cards for Hamilton.

One of them is ready to go, but Hamilton City Council is still finalising the policy to make it happen.

At least three potential sites - in Rotokauri, Horotiu and Te Rapa - are being proposed by developers who see an opportunity to get lots of housing in fast.

They were revealed in the Hamilton City Council chambers on Thursday in submissions on a draft special housing areas policy.
Special housing areas (SHA) aim to shave time off the process to get houses on sections, and grant some extra permissions.

The areas are chosen by council but need Government approval.

Hamilton's northern gateway could be one, Perry Group chief executive Richard Coventry said, because they're ready to go with the group's 1000- to 2000-dwelling Te Awa Lakes development in Horotiu.
"We would like to get started in October, to be honest, to meet the earthworks season. If we don't meet that, then we're waiting another year," he said.

The group has infrastructure in place for what it calls a transformational development with "some unique tourism-enabling activity".

The Perry Group has previously proposed a water-based adventure park in the Horotiu area.

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