Labour and National agree to change RMA to allow three storey intensification without consent

PwC and Sense Partners report estimates new rules could see between 48,200 to 105,500 new dwellings built in next 5-8 years

Labour and National have jointly announced they will change the existing Resource Management Act so that three homes of up to three storeys can be built on most sites in the five fastest growing cities without the need for a resource consent.

A PwC report done with Shamubeel Eaqub’s Sense Partners estimated the change could see between 48,200 and 105,500 new homes built in the next five to eight years. It estimated that house inflation would be lower with the change than without the change.

Environment Minister David Parker, Housing Minister Megan Woods, National Leader Judith Collins and National Housing Spokesperson Nicola Willis jointly announced their commitment to implement changes to the National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) in an unusual joint news conference in the Beehive Theatrette.

“Under the changes people will be able to build up to three homes of up to three storeys on most sites without the need for a resource consent. Current…

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