Building Affordable Elderly Housing: How New Zealand’s planning system influences market outcomes

This paper explores the changing demographics of New Zealand’s elderly, the influence of the current planning system, and how planning has hindered the market’s ability to provide affordable elderly housing in areas of highest demand. It will consider how the recently introduced Resource Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, through its recognition of the importance of affordable housing supply, and the streamlining of the planning process, could potentially influence the future supply of affordable elderly housing and provide the elderly with a range of housing options that are compatible with their lifestyle and income.