Developing the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016

This background page outlines how the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016 was developed and links to the reports which informed the development.

Timeline of events

When What happened  Publication links
August 2015

The Minister for the Environment announces his intention to consult on the development of an urban national policy statement.

See A way forward for national direction

The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016 (NPS-UDC) is developed using the alternative submission process to the Board of Inquiry process under the Resource Management Act, run by the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment. The approach requires two phases of consultation. 
December 2015 -February 2016

The first phase of consultation begins with selected stakeholders, including all local authorities and iwi authorities.

 

The questions asked are:

  • Is your area experiencing high levels of population growth and challenges in planning for this growth?
  • How could a national policy statement and supporting guidance help to address these issues?
  • What could a national policy statement and supporting guidance contain?
  • As required under the RMA, a summary of the responses to the Phase 1 consultation was prepared.  

Forty-seven submissions are received and most support an urban development national policy statement.

National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity - Report on section 46(a) consultation submissions
June 2016

Following feedback from the initial consultation, the Minister for the Environment directs the Ministry for the Environment and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to develop a proposed national policy.

Minister's announcement: New policy proposed for urban development [Beehive website]

3 June 2016

The public consultation is opened seeking submissions on or before 15 July 2016.

 

Proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity: Consultation document

3 June 2016

Supporting documents are released:

  • Cost benefit analysis of policy options for a National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity
  • International approaches to providing for business and housing needs
  • Business land: problems and causes - Research to support a proposed NPS on urban planning.

Cost benefit analysis of policy options for a National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity

 

International approaches to providing for business and housing needs

 

Business land: problems and causes - Research to support a proposed NPS on urban planning

5 July 2016

A report is released on the way nine ‘high growth’ councils in New Zealand estimate demand for housing and business land, and how they measure the development capacity available to meet that demand.

How councils estimate demand and supply of development capacity for housing and business

21 October 2016 Final report of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into using land for housing is released. The Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Using land for housing [New Zealand Productivity Commission website]
31 October 2016

The Ministry for the Environment and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment considered the responses from the public consultation and a report summarising the 140 submissions received is released.

 

Individual submissions on the proposed NPS-UDC are published on this website in November.

Summary of submissions to the proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016

 

Individual submissions

31 October 2016

The recommendations and decisions report is released.

 

Officials from the Ministry for the Environment prepared a report and recommendations for the consideration of the Minister for the Environment setting out recommended changes to the proposed NPS-UDC.  This report shows those recommendations and the Minister's decisions on them.

 

This report is prepared as required under section 52 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).

Recommendations and decisions report on the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016
31 October 2016

The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016 is released. 

 

It is the outcome of the Minister's decisions on the report and recommendations of officials on the proposed NPS-UDC.

The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016

 

Minister's announcement: NPS on Urban Development agreed as building boom continues [Beehive website]

31 October  - 1 November 2016 Further supporting documents are released.

Section 32AA report on changes to the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016

 

Regulatory Impact Statement for the Proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity under the Resource Management Act 1991

 

Signals of under-capacity: the practicalities of monitoring price signals under the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity

3 November 2016 The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016 is issued by notice in the 'New Zealand Gazette'.  
1 December 2016 The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016 comes into effect.  
Reviewed:
02/05/17