Freedom to Build

ACT party

For decades, councils have tied new housing developments up in red tape and underinvested in infrastructure. ACT believes New Zealanders must be free to build, and councils should be encouraged to invest in infrastructure, if we are to solve the housing crisis and achieve housing affordability.

ACT will:

  • Replace the Resource Management Act with a law that lets people build without restrictive zoning such as the Metropolitan Urban Limit.
  • Let councils issue targeted rates to pay for infrastructure for new housing developments.
  • Get councils out of the building consent and inspection business and introduce mandatory private insurance for new housing
  • Give half of the GST on construction in a council’s territory to the council, creating an incentive to consent more homes and the funds to provide vital infrastructure.