Waipa District Council is proposing a major new investment in pensioner housing.
Public submissions closed at 5pm, 14 April 2017. Council will hear verbal submissions on 2 May 2017 (or as early thereafter as possible) and a final decision will be made in June this year.
Council’s current pensioner housing activity
Palmer Street pensioner housing complex
What is being proposed
Benefits for current tenants if the sale goes ahead
- Tenants can choose to stay in their current unit if they wish.
- Rents will remain at or below market rate.
- Tenants will have access to a wider range of services offered by Habitat for Humanity, including meals and activities, that Council cannot provide.
- If a tenant becomes unable to continue living independently in their Palmer Street unit they will have the opportunity to more easily transition into the greater level of care provided at Freeman Court.
- Habitat for Humanity would improve the standard of the current units.
- If tenants prefer, they will be offered a priority place at any of Council’s other pensioner housing units, including the brand new units to be built in and around Te Awamutu and Kihikihi using the proceeds of the sale.
Protections in place
- Lifetime tenancy for current tenants subject to their ability to continue to live independently and compliance with the provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act.
- Restrictions on the use of the site to ensure it continues to be utilised for housing for the elderly.
- A first right of refusal for Council to repurchase the site should Habitat for Humanity ever want to sell it.
Why the changes are being proposed
Options & financial implications
Where to from here
10-Year Plan amendment - Pensioner housing consultation document
10-Year Plan amendment - draft document
Draft 10-Year Plan 2015-25 Amendment - Pensioner housing