Assessing the viability of financial incentives for sustainable housing initiatives

Julia de Blaauw, Dan McGregor (Ascari Partners).

This report explores the viability of financial incentives that could be offered by local government authorities in order to encourage sustainable housing initiatives in the community. The report investigates what potential financial incentives could be offered, what issues they might raise for local authorities and how these issues can be addressed in practice. In particular, this paper sets out the legal framework that local authorities must consider when deciding whether to offer financial incentives, and assesses current initiatives already in place throughout New Zealand against this framework.