Proposed legislation for urban development authorities

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The Government is proposing legislation to enable major urban development projects to be built more quickly. The aim is to deliver more dynamic and successful cities that better meet the needs for housing and employment.

Consultation document 

Read the consultation document [Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website].

Submissions closed at 5pm on Friday 19 May 2017.

About the consultation

The proposed legislation (the Urban Development Authorities Act) would:

  • empower nationally or locally significant urban development projects to access more enabling development powers and land use rules
  • establish new urban development authorities to support these projects where required.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is consulting on the content and extent of the proposed legislation.

The proposed legislation will complement the Government’s recent introduction of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity (NPS-UDC). 

The NPS-UDC requires councils to provide sufficient land capacity for housing and business needs. While the proposed legislation is one tool that could assist councils to provide that land capacity, its real value lies in better enabling the actual development of housing and buildings. The NPS-UDC is part of the systemic planning framework for cities, whereas the proposed Urban Development Authorities Act will provide a toolbox for more rapid implementation to support urban transformation.