As a result of the consultation which took place in April and May 2023, we received 65 submissions plus numerous comments via our social media and through our information session. Of the submissions, 69 per cent supported or partially supported the proposal and 31 per cent were against it.
Thanks to those of you who took the time to give us your feedback.
After careful consideration and review of all the submissions, Council has decided to proceed with the sale. This is because there is a significant shortage of affordable housing for older people in the Waipā district and the Mayor and councillors (the decision-makers) believe that the development is a step in the right direction to fix this. Kāinga Ora can also develop the land much faster than Council could.
Please see this media release for more information.
Now we have direction, Council will work with Kāinga Ora to finalise the sale. We don’t have the exact details yet but construction may start as early as 2024, and could be completed in late 2024 –mid 2025.
In 2017, Council purchased 1262 Cambridge Road with the intention of developing it for affordable housing, including housing for the older people.
There is a significant shortage of affordable housing for the elderly in the Waipā district. The location is considered ideal for this age group because services like a supermarket, bank and medical centre are close-by.
Waipā District Council was approached by government agency Kāinga Ora to purchase a portion of this land in order to provide housing for Waipā people aged over 55.
Council sees a lot of benefit in this:
- Kāinga Ora has the means to build on the land much faster than Council could, meaning housing will be available sooner for those who most need it.
- It gives over 55s in our district an opportunity to live independently, affordably, and ideally close to family or support.
- The money from the land sale would be used to repay the debt on the original purchase of this land, with the remaining balance available for potential investment in other community projects.
Of the 3.75ha piece of land, Kāinga Ora will buy 1.4ha of this from Council. Kāinga Ora would like to build approximately 30 single story, one and two bedroom housing units on the land.
What could the development look like?
The map below shows the area of land Kāinga Ora would like to develop, if the land sale goes ahead.
Kāinga Ora also has some concept images that show the type of development they are thinking about. You can find out more details on the proposed development on their website by visiting kaingaora.govt.nz/waikato. If the sale goes ahead, more detailed concept plans will be developed which Council would expect Kāinga Ora to share with you.
From here, Kāinga Ora will be your key point of contact and they will be sharing design plans as they are developed.
If you have any questions for Kāinga Ora, please contact the community engagement and partnerships team at Kāinga Ora by emailing Waikato.email@example.com or calling 0800 801 601.
- What guarantees are there to ensure only 55+ tenants are housed in the units?
- Will the units be multi-story buildings?
- When will construction of the units begin?
- If the sale goes ahead, what will the money be used for?
- What happens if sale to Kāinga Ora doesn't go ahead?
- This is only part of the landholding; what will the rest of the land be used for?
- Why would Council not build its own housing for the elderly units?
- Why are 55+ tenants being prioritised when there are young families in Waipā without housing?
- How many units will be put on the land?
- Will they all be one-bedroomed units?
- Who will pay to upgrade the water, wastewater and stormwater services and if Council, is this reflected in the sale price?
- Do mana whenua support the sale?
- Will council have a say on what tenants are placed in the development?
- Does Council still have plans to build more of its own housing for the elderly? If so, where?
- Will there be any urban design criteria for this site?