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June, 2017

A recently-completed affordable housing development near Queenstown
is being hailed as a success story.
The Shotover Country subdivision, 10km from Queenstown, is home to a
44-house development by the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing
Trust (QLCHT). The project is the largest ever undertaken by the Trust,
and the largest comprehensive development to date at Shotover
The new homes are now occupied by young families, singles and couples
working in Queenstown who otherwise wouldnt have been able to live
there. Houses are a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom properties.
Thirty-three of the homes have been sold under the QLCHTs Shared
Ownership programme, while 11 remain in the Trusts rental portfolio.
Trustee Martin Hawes says QLCHT is proud of its latest milestone, but is
acutely aware of the major housing shortage and affordability issues the
Queenstown Lakes District faces.
Weve helped 44 families into homes at Shotover Country, however,
lets not lose sight of the fact we have a waiting list 10-times that
number. We have a lot more work ahead of us.
He credits Shotover Country subdivision developers Sharyn and Grant
Stalker and Queenstown Lakes District Council as being an integral part
to making the affordable housing development a reality.
Without the original landowners transferring the site to QLCHT as part
of the plan change process with council, QLCHTs development at
Shotover Country would not exist, and many of the 44 new residents
may have left town already, Hawes says.
Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult says the council applauds
the work done by the Trust and its efforts to address housing
affordability in the district. We look forward to working with the Trust
to enable them to continue their good work in the future, he says.
The Trust spent $2 million on civil works  creating its own roads,
services and titles, before allocating design and build contracts out to
three different firms, Breen Construction, Modus Construct and Rilean
QLCHT executive officer Julie Scott says: We used three different
contractors to mitigate risk, reduce total build time and provide a
variety of house designs over the 44 properties. Then we engaged a
landscape architect to bring the development together in a cohesive
and attractive form.
We now have a mixed-tenure development, with households signing on
to one of our programmes best-suited to their specific needs. Whilst
most are young families, we have also assisted a small number of singles
and couples who are key workers in our community, Scott adds.
The Shotover Country development is the third comprehensive
affordable housing development the Trust has completed. It is presently
building an 11-lot development in Albert Town, Wanaka, which will
provide a mixture of tenures, including Shared Ownership, Rent Saver
and Affordable Rentals. QLCHT has 430 eligible households on its
waiting list.


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