Tools for local delivery – inclusionary zoning key to affordable housing in Queenstown

Inclusionary zoning has been the key to success in providing affordable housing in Queenstown, according to Executive Officer Julie Scott of Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust.

Under the Queenstown Lakes planning process, a developer who applies to rezone a rural area to an urban zone must allocate 5% of the land to the Trust.

Speaking at the CHA-IMPACT 2017 Conference at Te Papa in Wellington, Julie Scott says the Trust operates three programmes, has net assets of over $15 million, and an interest in $28 million of property. The 5% allocation is the source of most of the Trust’s assets, which are “building an enduring asset for the wider community”.

Since setting up in 2007, the Trust has had 1138 households register interest in their housing services.

“We’ve been able to work with 150 of them so far,” says Julie. “Around 430 remain on the waiting list, and the number increases by 20–30 a month. It’s thanks to inclusionary zoning – a legacy of our forward-looking Council – that we’ve been able to do this.”

Inclusionary zoning has also enabled the Trust to leverage grants from Government and Council.

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