Local MP Todd McClay says Rotorua has today been added as a district eligible for a Special Housing Accord and that more homes are now one step closer.
“This is an important next step in freeing up more land, addressing sluggish consenting times and building more houses faster,” Mr McClay says.
“Since proposing the SHA two months ago, I have been approached by land owners who have as many as 300 sections that could be freed up under an SHA.
“This is the sort of growth Rotorua needs as our populations has increased significantly over the last 2 years.”
“Last year, just 121 new homes were consented in Rotorua, compared to 1695 in Tauranga. It’s no wonder there has been pressure on the market.
“I'm pleased that Rotorua Lakes Council has agreed to work with the Government on a partnership to build more homes in Rotorua. ”
Mr McClay says he proposed the accord because they have proved so successful in increasing housing supply in places like Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty.