Council rush housing recommendations


Council is rushing to recommend ten sites to the Minister of Building and Housing as potential Special Housing Areas before the year ends.

Special Housing Areas would provide a streamlined resource consent process and the Housing Accord aims to gain consent for 720 new dwellings over the next three years with a range of housing types and affordability.

The Council and Central Government entered into a Housing Accord in June this year to address housing supply issues within the region. However, the Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas Act is to be repealed in 2016.

Mayor Rachel Reese says there is a small window of opportunity for any areas or sites to be identified as Special Housing Areas but encouraging greater housing supply is a priority for Council.

“We know that Nelson is a city where people want to live; the demand for housing is clearly there. These Special Housing Areas offer a collaborative approach between Council, the government and developers, and this is an important step in increasing supply and creating greater housing choice here in Nelson.”

“Of course, on top of this is the chance to further boost economic growth to our region by increasing the supply of housing.”


The sites for potential Special Housing Areas include:

  • Toi Toi St / Montreal Rd
  • 4 Vista Drive, Bishopdale
  • Ocean Lodge, Beach Rd / Muritai St
  • Hill St North, Saxton
  • Betts Carpark, Trafalgar St
  • Three Ridges, Arapiki Way
  • Barcelona Lofts, 237 Haven Rd
  • 16 Paru Paru Rd
  • Tahuna Housing Development, 58 & 60 Tahunanui Drive
  • 16-20 Orchard St


The next step is to recommend the potential Special Housing Areas to the Minister of Building and Housing, Nick Smith, by the end of this month.

More information on the Housing Accord or Special Housing Areas is available on the Council website by searching those key phrases.