The Queenstown Lakes District Council is looking for community
feedback on the draft Queenstown Lakes Homes Strategy and Action
Plan, and inclusionary zoning policy options for the District Plan.
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult encouraged the community to have
a look at the information available on both initiatives and to share their
"These housing measures will set out the council's role in influencing
change in the housing system through advocacy, partnership and local
action, and were very keen to hear what our community thinks about
these proposals," said Mr Boult.
The draft Queenstown Lakes Homes Strategy sets out QLDC's proposed
strategic direction and vision for housing for the next decade (2021-
2031). This work seeks to improve housing outcomes in the Queenstown
Lakes for housing affordability, supply, choice, and quality.
The draft strategy's four outcomes are:
1. Affordable housing options for the community are increased
2. A range of housing choice exists for everyone
3. Homes in the district are healthy, warm, and sustainable
4. Partnerships with government improve, amplify and accelerate
housing outcomes in the district.
Council is also developing planning rules which would require qualifying
developments to provide for some affordable housing, long-term and for
low- and moderate-income households. This is a version of a planning
approach called inclusionary zoning.
Inclusionary zoning is a planning method which requires or incentivises
developments which meet set criteria to provide a portion of the
development for affordable housing.
The proposed policy options are:
" Option 1: Update the District Plan to reduce and remove controls
that affect affordability, and at the same time, negotiate with
developers to provide retained affordable housing when Council is able
" Option 2: Update the District Plan to provide a bonus/incentive to
developers for the provision of retained affordable housing
" Option 3: Update the District Plan to implement a mandatory
requirement for developers to include some retained affordable housing
applied to new developments only
" Option 4: Update the District Plan to implement a mandatory
contribution to include some retained affordable housing applied to
both new development and redevelopments.
Feedback for both the draft Strategy and Action Plan, and inclusionary
zoning options is now open and can be shared online at
https://letstalk.qldc.govt.nz/. Feedback closes at 5.00pm on Sunday,
September 26, 2021.