exploring solutions... www.PerformanceUrbanPlanning.org
Performance Urban Planning Return to Homepage
   
hugh-pavletich

HUGH PAVLETICH

Fellow Urban Development Institute of Australia (FDIA)

Former President –
Southern Division – Property Council of New Zealand

Co author – Annual
Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey

Demographia.com


CONTACT
+64 3 343 9944
Christchurch, New Zealand



 

 

 

THREE YEARS ON ...

<< Back to home

THE GREAT CONSENSUS EMERGES ...

... FOCUS ON LAND SUPPLY & INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING ...

LAND REGULATION MAKING US POORER: EMERGING LEFT - RIGHT CONSENSUS ... WENDELL COX ... NEW GEOGRAPHY

There is an emerging consensus about the destructiveness of excessive land use regulation, both with respect to its impact on housing affordability but also its overall impacts on economies. This is most evident in a recent New Zealand commentary ...

THE EMERGING CROSS - IDEOLOGICAL CONSENSUS ON ZONING ... THE WASHINGTON POST

By Ilya Somin

In recent years, and especially over the last few months, economists and other public policy experts across the political spectrum have come to realize that zoning rules are a major obstacle to affordable housing and economic opportunity for the poor and lower middle class. By artificially restricting new construction, zoning and other similar land-use restrictions greatly increase the price of housing, and prevents the market from adjusting to increasing demand. ...

... UPDATE: As New Zealand-based economist Eric Crampton pointed out to me on Twitter, a similar cross-ideological consensus may be emerging in that country, as evidenced by this recent article co-authored by free market advocate Oliver Hartwych, and Labor Party Housing Spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...

PLANNING RULES THE CAUSE OF HOUSING CRISIS ... TWYFORD & HARTWICH ... NZ HERALD

 

Colmar Brunton Poll: Public satisfaction with NZ Local Govt crashes to 27% | The National Business Review

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Bill English ... September Speech ... Housing Affordability

... extract ...

... Cities are one of the extraordinary inventions of the human race.

Studies have shown that cities are an engine room of growth. Incomes in cities are higher than elsewhere. That is one explanation for high rates of urbanisation.

Research indicates that when planning rules prevent workers shifting to higher-productivity locations, then there is a cost in terms of foregone GDP.

It's only relatively recently that economists and politicians have understood the scale of those effects. ...

Your Landlord Is a Drag on Growth - Bloomberg View

Well done Labour ... backing RMA (Planning) reforms ... Kiwiblog

Auckland market in danger zone - RB | Radio New Zealand News

... extract ...

But Mr Wheeler this afternoon told MPs the faster house prices rose in Auckland, the greater the likelihood of a steep price reversal.

He (Reserve Bank of New Zealand Governor Graeme Wheeler) said Auckland house prices were not sustainable.

"The house price to income ratio for Auckland is at nine. It's twice that for the rest of the country," he said.

"A ratio of nine puts you, according to Demographia figures, in the top 10 most expensive cities in the world.

"This is just dangerous territory." ...

Left Commentator Chris Trotter: My surprise pick for politician of the year (Bill English) | Stuff.co.nz

New Zealand's Bubble Economy Is Vulnerable | Hugh Pavletich | Scoop News

Christchurch Failure - The Long History | Hugh Pavletich | Scoop News

Independent Panel Slams Christchurch Council Planners | Hugh Pavletich| Scoop News

StephenFranks.co.nz Blog Archive Banal business naivete on politics (and the RMA and Councils)

Former New Zealand politician and lawyer Stephen Franks states ...

Few business people are good at democratic politics. They expect what works in business to work in democracy. They're frustrated by the messy necessity to maintain a working consensus, by multiple conflicting objectives, and by the unreliability of delegates.

They think that if only the right people were in charge, the best structures and systems would be like those in business, where everyone accepts single prevailing decisions from nominated rulers, and he who pays, rules.

Business people who get embroiled in politics commonly hate it so much they eject before they flame out. Those who survive and learn may be small in number but they are among the best we have, and we owe them a lot for their patience. ...

... That is not research evidence, but it is puzzling that business has not watched the Canterbury experience, and the extent to which Canterbury has been saved from presenting unrelieved incompetence by the safety valve councils of Selwyn and Waimakariri. You'd think they might have asked Hugh Pavletich to come up and report. Christchurch has been hostile to business ever since Christchurch City was jammed together as a prototypy 'super-city' two decades ago. ...

GETTING PERFORMANCE URBAN PLANNING IN PLACE - MARCH '08 - HUGH PAVLETICH