2. Assessment Process

The MWH consultants selected a representative sample of documents from 25 regional councils, unitary and territorial authorities in metropolitan, provincial and rural areas.1 The areas were chosen to reflect a range of urban growth scenarios. Documents were assessed according to the extent to which they addressed a set of urban design sub-criteria. These sub-criteria represented plan provisions that were developed from established urban design principles and issues. Further details of the methodology, and a table of the sub-criteria used, are included in appendix 1.

1. Metropolitan areas are those with populations over 90,000; provincial areas are those with populations between 20,000 and 90,000; and rural areas are those with populations below 20,000.