Like the majority of countries in the developed world, New Zealand is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth. Just as there’s two sides to every coin, so is there a downside to the increasing popularity of New Zealand’s urban areas.
In Wellington alone, a predicted shortfall of up to 30,000 homes by 2043 would mean an increase of nearly 700% from the current 3,900 homes required currently, according to the WCC’s recent housing report. These numbers are concerning, and rightly so. Housing affordability has begun to deteriorate and lower income families are among the hardest hit. When faced with issues of this scale, we can’t always rely on past strategies; something as unprecedented as the current housing crisis demands innovation and forward thinking.
Eco Tiny plans to build 300 tiny-home subdivision developments, each consisting of 20 up to 100 smart connected, healthy, and affordable homes. Each home will have a market value of less than 290k and in some cases well below that figure, well below half the average city house price. Home sizes vary, ranging from 1 brm studio to 3 bedrooms, but ultimately remaining compact, each size not exceeding 40 sqms.
In successfully creating Eco Tiny villages, we aim to bring relief to struggling families and revive the prospect of home ownership for millennials and first time buyers.
1. Background and Purpose
District plans and infill housing go hand in hand. In a growing trend across the country, our major cities are becoming increasingly overcrowded, and there’s simply not enough suitable land available on which to build sufficient housing. The prospect of owning a home has never been more out of reach for the average New Zealander. Even with affordable housing being a heated talking point among our politicians, we’re yet to see any true resolution. In fact, unless $650k happens to be within the average New Zealander’s price range, purchasing a home as a first time buyer or a lower-income family is all but a pipe dream.
In addition to reinventing housing affordability, Eco Tiny will be doing right by the environment. We’ve fine-tuned our tiny homes to go above and beyond current insulation, acoustic standards and have successfully created homes that are both self-sustainable and kind to the environment. We’ve implemented solar panels and a wind turbine, as well as smart waste disposal processes to lessen the burden on the environment. With smart wrap around services like community gardens, disabled access and making the external of the homes functional and useful and not just a wall we make being outside a real benefit.
2. How it will work
New Zealanders are by nature sociable and compassionate people. We look out for those around us and tend to form tight bonds with others in our circles. Like with any small community, whether it be the entirety of a regional town or an infill section within a large suburb, Eco Tiny will attract residents that adhere to the typical New Zealand code of neighborly community. This is a key component that will promise the success of our tiny villages.
District plans will define and set the standard and reflect this community spirit, and the tiny village communities will operate according to terms met with their respective regional councils. We aim to help design covenants residents will enjoy and are thus easily enforceable.
3. How This Project Conforms to Rules
Eco Tiny operates in compliance with New Zealand’s various district plans. The development process can be easily adapted to follow each region’s respective bylaws, many of which are currently under review. As the traditional 1/4 acre section has become notoriously inefficient, council approval will be obtained to allow the sale of smaller land parcels. A 150/300 sqm section will comfortably fit a 24 or 35 sqm tiny home, leaving ample space for owner and visitor parking, recreation, gardening, and outdoor activities. The amenity value of the land will not be negatively affected.
The communities will come with several designs, providing each with a unique, high-quality ambience that will seamlessly mesh with its natural surroundings. Another major focus is the inclusion of adaptable wrap-around services, a helpful way of managing the community populations and keeping every resident satisfied.
All combined together, the sum of the many Eco Tiny features is nothing short of a affordable housing utopia; natural beauty, strong community bonds, and affordability, are all guarantees.
4. Development of Tiny Villages
Eco Tiny will be playing a significant role in easing the housing crisis and thereby has a legitimate case for receiving government funding. Government regulation will provide buyers and renters with an insurance that their best interests are being served, with those struggling to compete in the property market being a top priority.
In order to maintain a stable level of affordability, certain council bylaws will encourage a stringent implementation of green infrastructure in keeping with the environmentally-friendly features Eco Tiny includes in its housing units. Most important are the renewable solar and wind energy features, a smart waste processing unit, and the water collection and storage capability. These measures will help ensure property costs remain less than half that of comparable nearby market properties.
5. Next Steps In Making Eco Tiny Villages A Reality
Our goal is to construct 300 villages, each consisting of between 20-100 homes. In order to accomplish this, the following steps will need to be completed:
- Secure government funding to support development and wrap-around services
- Obtain approval from 1-2 proactive councils in the Wellington region who will allow a 20/30 section development
- Identify suitable land that can be easily developed under current district plans
- Prepare a draft for council approval and sign off with development contribution
- Organise suitable land
- Organise a media launch to promote the dynamic, forward-thinking councils along with central government ministers
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