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Submission on Housing Accords Bill

Posted July 5, 2013

> download submission on the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill (PDF, 64KB)

The Salvation Army supports the sentiments behind the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill but believes that both the Bill and the thinking behind it fall a long way short of being an adequate response to New Zealand’s emerging housing crisis.

We acknowledge and accept that much of the regulation around housing development is cumbersome and unduly bureaucratic and that it imposes unnecessary compliance costs and delays on housing developers and so on housing consumers. To us these costs and delays are difficult to justify and they appear to have few if any offsetting social benefits.