Using land for housing

Using land for housing - final report


19 August 2016   The Government has announced its response to the Commission's inquiry into Using land for housing.

Included in the response is the development of a National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity and the creation of the Housing Infrastructure Fund

You can read more details of the Government's response on the Treasury website .


The Productivity Commission has now completed its report on Using land for housing.

The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in New Zealand house prices. A major contributor to this increase has been an insufficient supply of land and development capacity for housing, both within and outside cities, to meet increasing demand. The Government asked the Productivity Commission to look into the processes that New Zealand’s fastest-growing local councils use to provide land for housing (including planning, zoning and the provision of infrastructure such as roads and water pipes) and to make recommendations about how this can be improved.

The Productivity Commission has now released its findings and recommendations.

The Commission has had help from many participants (including from local government and the development community) and is grateful for the insightful submissions and observations received.

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