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Faster housing development for Hamilton

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/12/2016

Hamilton City Council has signed a housing development agreement with the government that sets a target of 4200 new homes and sections in the next three years.

The housing accord, similar to those agreed with other councils around the country, allows new areas to be zoned for housing much faster than the usual process.

Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith says Hamilton's population has grown by more than seven per cent during the past three years, which has increased pressure on housing.

The "ambitious target" of 4200 new homes and sections in three years would be the largest growth in the city's history.

Dr Smith and Hamilton's Mayor Andrew King announced the accord on Thursday.

"The previous mayor declined to take up this opportunity three years ago, with a view that the city did not have housing supply and affordability issues," Dr Smith said.

Dr Smith also announced extended accords had been signed by the Tauranga, Auckland and Nelson councils.

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