In a first for Marlborough, the Council has released its National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity quarterly monitoring report. The report measures housing and business development market indicators for the quarter October to December 2017 and provides historic trends for the last 10 years.
Council is required to monitor these indicators quarterly because Blenheim is experiencing a ‘medium level’ of urban growth, based on its current population growth and projected level of urban development.
Mayor John Leggett says the report measures trends in demographics, house prices and rents, affordability, and demand and supply for residential and business development, including seasonal worker accommodation.
The information in the report will help us monitor trends over time and inform Council’s planning for growth in the housing and commercial market. It will also identify how much land is needed to meet that growth so we can ensure that our planning regulations are not unintentionally constraining urban development,” Mayor Leggett said.
Council’s Strategic Planning and Economic Development Manager Neil Henry says it’s important Council is up to speed on urban development activity so we can provide sufficient zoned land to meet housing and business market demand.”