Issue no. 493 | 28 April 2010
Welcome. This regular newsletter contains interesting and useful information to help you champion good urban design in New Zealand.
In this issue we have:
A big welcome to Protocol signatories who joined up last year:
The Protocol now has 181 signatories.
The New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) announced its 2010 awards at its bi-annual conference in Wellington this month. The NZILA George Malcolm Supreme Award was presented to Boffa Miskell Ltd for their St Patrick’s Square project in Auckland.
The State of Auckland Region report was released in March 2010 by the Auckland Regional Council.
Manukau City Council are calling for comments on the draft plans for stage two of the Flat Bush master plan. Submissions are open until 21 May 2010.
Dunedin City Council is seeking input on the future of the South Dunedin retail centre. Submissions close 28 May 2010.
Also in Dunedin, the Council has withdrawn part of its planned Harbourside development in response to concerns raised about effects on local businesses. The Council proposed a plan change to revitalise the inner Harbourside basin with a mix of activities.
Nominations are now open for the Living Streets Aotearoa Golden Foot Awards. This is your chance to put forward your pick of New Zealand's most innovative new facilities and examples of best practice or on-going commitment to walking in New Zealand. Nominations close 30 June 2010. The awards will be presented at the New Zealand Dollars and Sense of Walking Conference in Wellington on the 2-3 August 2010.
Do you know of any good examples of medium density housing developments in New Zealand? The Ministry for the Environment is looking for new case studies that demonstrate the practical application of good urban design principles. If you have suggestions of developments that have already been built please contact Yvonne Weeber - email@example.com or phone (04) 439 7564.
Details of the new discount policy regulations that councils will be responsible for when resource consents are processed late were released by the Minister for the Environment, Nick Smith, on 21 April 2010. These regulations are required to be in place before 1 July 2010. The Ministry for the Environment will be producing guidelines and giving presentations for councils on how to apply the regulations.
The Quality Planning guidance note To notify or not to notify? That is the question! has now been updated to reflect the 2009 changes to the RMA.
Australia’s Victoria Walks website contains advice on how to make your neighbourhood more walk-friendly. It features tools and information on how to form a Walking Action Group and has case studies from Australia and around the world.
Hot Cities is an eight part documentary series looks at the impact of climate change on urban areas. Each video is 45 minutes long.
Do you have news that you would like reported in the next Urban Leader? We welcome your stories, and would like to receive more information from Protocol signatories. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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