Councils need to engage in a higher level of ‘non-regulatory services’ – resourcing & empowering the public to be able to improve & add to their own residential sites without needing to go into debt or worrying about legislative red tape & ‘resource management’ issues. Schedule 1 of the Building Code outlines how to add small buildings to a site. This is likely to be the best way to empower the public to extend their capacity to host people.
Government managed assets & borrowing disempower the people& increase taxes (which the public end up having to slowly pay). There appears to be no contingency plan on how to pay back the many hundreds of millions local bodies are paying back. Adding to this is not what is best for the people.
Small buildings & home improvements to optimise the capacity of an existing household are the most empowering ways to reposition our people, create better housing & increase our capacity to host more people.
Keep in mind that Invercargill has many many large houses & big sections that can be expanded onto.
SCHEDULE 1 BUILDING CODE LINK: https://www.building.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/projects-and-consents/building-work-consent-not-required-guidance.pdf