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Improving housing outcomes in Queenstown Lakes
We all choose to live and stay in the Queenstown Lakes District for many reasons. The unique environment, outdoor lifestyle, beauty and vibrancy of our places and diverse cultures make it easy to see why so many people want to make this special place their home. Unfortunately, many struggle to find a suitable home.
Housing is one of the biggest challenges our community faces. The root causes of housing unaffordability in the district are complex and centre on supply, choice, availability, and quality.
Housing is at the heart of creating secure, connected and caring communities, creating jobs and a diverse economy. It is also fundamental to sustainable and responsive urban planning and development.
Queenstown Lakes District Council is addressing this challenge with the Joint Housing Action Plan (PDF, 5MB). Read more below about the work we’re doing alongside central government, the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust, Kai Tahu, and the local community.
A snapshot of our housing challenge
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How will the Joint Housing Action Plan tackle Queenstown Lakes' housing needs?
Queenstown Lakes District Council endorsed the Joint Housing Action Plan on the 10th of August 2023. We have begun implementing this plan, working with central government, the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust, Kāi Tahu, and the local community.
At a glance, the Joint Housing Action Plan outlines a programme of work towards a joint vision developed by the Grow Well Whaiora Partnership.
Well-designed neighbourhoods and improved housing outcomes for homeowners and renters to develop thriving communities
Anyone who chooses to live here can access quality, stable, affordable housing now and into the future.
Housing solutions to deliver better economic, social, cultural, and environmental outcomes to our community and New Zealand Inc.
The JHAP proposes nine solutions, each with their own set of actions
Form a clear, evidence based understanding of the district's housing issues and regularly monitor key indicators
Realise opportunities to purchase and develop land for the provision of affordable housing in the Queenstown Lakes District
Enable affordable housing choices through legislative and other tools, such as Kāinga Ora’s Special Development Process
Continue to support and amplify the work of Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust and other providers through various means
Influence and incentivise developers to provide affordable housing
Focus on rental solutions for the district’s workforce in collaboration with the community
Further develop public/private partnerships to deliver affordable housing and choice
Implement National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) changes and review the District Plan to enable more affordable housing and choice
Design and implement structure plans (frameworks to guide the development or redevelopment of an area) with the community
Work in progress
Inclusionary housing plan change
A district plan change to provide for affordable housing (Action 4A)
Queenstown Lakes Future Development Strategy
Building on the 2021 Grow Well Whaiora Queenstown Lakes spatial plan (Action 8B)
Working with Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust
In support of affordable housing solutions (Actions 4A, 4B, 4C)
Implementing NPS-UD Policy 5
A district plan change applying medium density housing standards (Action 8A)
News and articles
Council reports fifth annual Quality of Life survey results – with a focus on housing in the district
24 March 2023
Summary of submissions released on proposed plan change to support affordable housing
15 February 2023
Reports, documents and resources
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