From Geoff’s desk: Planning for a better future

Failure to plan is like planning to fail, which is why many organizations should spend a considerable amount of time thinking about the future. Councils around the country are now finalising their 10-year plans which will help shape the outcomes of their respective communities.

When it comes to housing, many of the messages are similar. Councils generally want housing systems to work economically, socially, and culturally with spaces that are accessible and inclusive.

The Hamilton City Council recently announced a draft policy that will help deliver inclusive communities. The development contribution policy will incentivise quality developments in their CBD area and developments that achieve a 4-Star Lifemark® certification can apply to get a remission on some or all of their development contribution fees.

This is a future focussed policy, and this approach supports their housing strategy which is aligned to the United Nations Human Rights approach to adequate housing and establishes a vision where all people are well housed in Hamilton.

It will be enlightening to see what other Councils decide as part of their 10-year planning process and what sort of communities develop as a result of their policy interventions.

Most dwelling built today has an asset life expectancy of around 90 years, so decisions made today will have an impact on those who live and visit these places for the rest of this century. Good plans will make a difference and a better future for all.

As always please feel free to contact me on geoff@lifemark.co.nz as we promote Universal Design to help everyone live the life they want.

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