Central Otago residents have until Sunday to express their thoughts on affordable housing to their local councillors.

A month-long council survey of residents’ views closes June 5 and has already drawn 231 responses, largely from residents in the Vincent and Cromwell wards, Central Otago District Council media spokeswoman Maria de Cort said this week.

Median house prices in Central Otago, not including Queenstown or Wanaka, reached $720,000 in April, up from $630,000 in April 2021, according to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand’s May 12 report.

Central Otago Affordable Housing Trust chairman Glen Christiansen told the council in March housing prices had put the community in ‘‘dire straits’’.

The trust proposed the council gift a third of any council residential developments to affordable housing.

The council is now considering what its role should be.

The survey invites people to comment on how they feel about the council supporting affordable housing development and how they feel about the trust’s proposal the council gift a third of any council residential developments to the trust.

This would reduce project budgets available in the Vincent and Cromwell wards by $8 million, potentially impacting other projects or rates.

The trust would use the gift to set up a Secure Homes model, giving some people access to a home they could not otherwise afford.

The model would operate similarly to the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust, which has been providing affordable housing in Queenstown and Wanaka for 15 years.

Formal community consultation would take place if the council decided to proceed.

The council will consider the survey feedback and decide its next steps on July 13.