Christchurch’s social housing providers want the city council to stop charging them development fees when they build new homes.
Comcare Trust chief executive Kay Fletcher said the trust had built 60 new units for single people over the past three years and had to pay the Christchurch City Council $500,000 in development contributions.
“It adds quite significant costs to a small organisation,” she told the council’s social, community development and housing committee meeting on Wednesday.
Since 2002, the council has collected development contributions from developers if the project requires the council to provide new or upgraded infrastructure, such as roads, parks, or community facilities.
In 2013, the council introduced a scheme giving developers a 100 per cent development contribution rebate for residential developments in the central city.
Pam Sharpe, of the Housing Plus Charitable Foundation, said she supported the council providing a rebate to central city developers but said the council should also want the city’s more vulnerable people to survive.