Enhancing our reserves and building more homes

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We want your feedback on a proposal to sell some Council reserve sites, make these available for housing and use the proceeds of sale to improve our city’s reserves.

Community consultation is running from Monday 30 May 2022 until 5pm Thursday 14 July 2022.

The feedback period has been extended in response to community requests seeking more time to make submissions.

Council will also be holding hearings on the proposal. These are scheduled for the last week in July 2022. This is to provide an opportunity for people to speak to their submissions if they wish to do so, in response to requests from the community for hearings.

No decisions have been made. We want feedback from the community to assist with decision-making about whether to proceed with the proposal and how.

The proposal identifies 10 sites – 2 full reserves and 8 parts of reserves – that do not meet the objectives of Council’s Open Space Level of Service Policy and could be used for housing of various types. The sites were identified during a review of urban reserves that was undertaken as part of implementing the open space policy, which was adopted last April following community consultation.

Sites identified total approximately 9.5 hectares, so about 0.6% of Council’s overall reserves network which currently includes more than 370 individual reserves totalling approximately 1500 hectares.

Before any sites could be sold, reserve status must be revoked and it is proposed that this be via a Local Bill which would be faster than the process set under the Reserves Act. Both processes, however, would involve further, formal consultation with the community.

Ways to have your say:

  • Complete the submission form

  • Email your submission – please specify ‘Reserves Proposal’ in the subject line and email to letstalk@rotorualc.nz

  • Post your submission to:
    Rotorua Lakes Council
    Private Bag 3029
    Rotorua Mail Centre
    Rotorua 3046


  • Drop off your submission to our Customer Centre at the Civic Centre, 1061 Haupapa Street.

Why are we proposing to do this?

The identified sites were assessed as not meeting the objectives of the Open Space Level of Service Policy and if no longer used as open space, present an opportunity for housing.

Like much of Aotearoa New Zealand, Rotorua is facing a housing crisis and we need housing of all types, including public housing. Council’s recent Housing and Business Capacity Assessment identifies a current deficit of approximately 1,500 homes for the district and that number is growing.

Council is working with urgency on many fronts to enable more housing in Rotorua, alongside partners like Te Arawa, central Government agencies and local housing providers.

The sale of excess reserve sites would enable investment in improvements to the reserves in these areas and potentially the purchase of new open space where there is currently an under-supply.

Before any decisions are made, Council wants to hear from the community.

Key information

Hard copies of the Statement of Proposal are available from Council’s customer centre on Haupapa Street and from Rotorua Library at Te Aka Mauri.

We want your feedback on a proposal to sell some Council reserve sites, make these available for housing and use the proceeds of sale to improve our city’s reserves.

Community consultation is running from Monday 30 May 2022 until 5pm Thursday 14 July 2022.

The feedback period has been extended in response to community requests seeking more time to make submissions.

Council will also be holding hearings on the proposal. These are scheduled for the last week in July 2022. This is to provide an opportunity for people to speak to their submissions if they wish to do so, in response to requests from the community for hearings.

No decisions have been made. We want feedback from the community to assist with decision-making about whether to proceed with the proposal and how.

The proposal identifies 10 sites – 2 full reserves and 8 parts of reserves – that do not meet the objectives of Council’s Open Space Level of Service Policy and could be used for housing of various types. The sites were identified during a review of urban reserves that was undertaken as part of implementing the open space policy, which was adopted last April following community consultation.

Sites identified total approximately 9.5 hectares, so about 0.6% of Council’s overall reserves network which currently includes more than 370 individual reserves totalling approximately 1500 hectares.

Before any sites could be sold, reserve status must be revoked and it is proposed that this be via a Local Bill which would be faster than the process set under the Reserves Act. Both processes, however, would involve further, formal consultation with the community.

Ways to have your say:

  • Complete the submission form

  • Email your submission – please specify ‘Reserves Proposal’ in the subject line and email to letstalk@rotorualc.nz

  • Post your submission to:
    Rotorua Lakes Council
    Private Bag 3029
    Rotorua Mail Centre
    Rotorua 3046


  • Drop off your submission to our Customer Centre at the Civic Centre, 1061 Haupapa Street.

Why are we proposing to do this?

The identified sites were assessed as not meeting the objectives of the Open Space Level of Service Policy and if no longer used as open space, present an opportunity for housing.

Like much of Aotearoa New Zealand, Rotorua is facing a housing crisis and we need housing of all types, including public housing. Council’s recent Housing and Business Capacity Assessment identifies a current deficit of approximately 1,500 homes for the district and that number is growing.

Council is working with urgency on many fronts to enable more housing in Rotorua, alongside partners like Te Arawa, central Government agencies and local housing providers.

The sale of excess reserve sites would enable investment in improvements to the reserves in these areas and potentially the purchase of new open space where there is currently an under-supply.

Before any decisions are made, Council wants to hear from the community.

Key information

Hard copies of the Statement of Proposal are available from Council’s customer centre on Haupapa Street and from Rotorua Library at Te Aka Mauri.

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