As the population has increased, the demand for housing has exceeded supply, pushing up property prices and increasing the need for new urban development areas.
In more and more areas of the sub-region, housing is unaffordable for many people. A lack of supply and a limited choice of housing types and locations are limiting options. Land available for future housing supply is constrained. We’re short of homes, and there’s little choice in the type and size of dwellings we can live in. To help address these issues, we need to grow up as well as out.
Achieving a balance between greenfield development and intensification is the best way to house our growing population. More houses and apartment blocks will be built in existing suburbs along the Te Papa Peninsula (from Greerton to the CBD), Otūmoetai/Matua and Mount Maunganui. New neighbourhoods will be created or expanded in the east (Wairakei, Te Tumu, Rangiuru), west (Pyes Pa, Tauriko West) and north (Ōmokoroa) of the sub region.