In 2015 the Minister of Business Innovation and Employment authorised a Special Housing Area (SHA) on the Omokoroa Peninsula.
Omokoroa is the first area in the Western Bay designated as a Special Housing Area under the Housing Accord signed in August between the Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Central Government.
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Western BOP Housing Accord signed agreement with Government - 15 August 2014
About the Project
Council is proud to be working with Classic Group to develop The Omokoroa Housing Project.
The ribbon was cut on Friday 25 November to officially mark the start of the project.
Omokoroa’s Special Housing Area will be a staged development with
the first stage comprising of 31 lots and the remaining stages being developed
as the market dictates. Ultimately the SHA will include about 240 dwellings, 50
percent of which will be below the average median house price in the Western
and planning staff from Council have been working alongside the Classic Group
to develop continuity of house design and landscaping.
Kiwi-owned and operated,
the Classic Group consists of Classic Builders, CBC Construction and Classic
Developments.The company has
developed SHAs in Queenstown and Auckland. It is the largest residential house
builder in the Bay of Plenty and fourth largest in the country. It is a key
building partner in the showcase subdivision at Hobsonville Point, where
smaller, smarter houses have been created in a high quality, affordable urban
development offering a range of community environmental amenities. Earthworks will start on the housing project this
construction season.Click here to read the Bay of Plenty Times article on the Omokoroa Housing Project opening.
Council had already identified Omokoroa as an area for housing growth. To facilitate that growth Council already had planning rules and infrastructure in place or programmed, to provide for a town of 12,000 people when it is fully developed. At the time of the SHA announcement there was an existing village of about 2500 people.
Development is already occurring on the peninsula aimed primarily at the middle to upper price brackets, and the SHA is intended to complement that development.
The majority of the land subject to the SHA is currently in Council ownership.
What is a special housing area?
A Special Housing Area is a location identified for fast-track development to boost an area's housing supply. In most cases, private sector development companies will build homes inside SHAs for sale to private individuals and families.
What type of housing will be included in Omokoroa's SHA?
Affordable housing' in the Omokoroa context does not mean low cost or social housing.
The aim is to provide housing that is contemporary, affordable and accessible to a wider range of buyers.
Characteristics of the Omokoroa SHA
Omokoroa's SHA has a total area of just over 17.5 hectares.
The land is bounded in the North by the main rail link between Tauranga and Hamilton and includes an area adjacent to the Omokoroa sewerage pump station and Omokoroa Settlers Hall.