Planning for successful cities – our proposal, your views

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We want our cities to be the most liveable in the world. How we plan our cities can help us transition to a low emissions future and a more sustainable, productive and inclusive economy.

The Government has an ambitious and wide-ranging housing and urban development work programme to help get us there. 

The proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development is one part of this. It provides direction to local authorities about when and how cities should plan for growth and how to do this well. It aims to remove unnecessary restrictions on development, to allow for growth ‘up’ and ‘out’ in locations that have good access to existing services and infrastructure.

Everyone in New Zealand deserves healthy, secure and affordable homes and access to jobs, education, amenities and services. When performing well our cities can contribute to our well-being and raise living standards for all.

See the discussion document which sets out the policy proposals, the sample text for how they might be reflected in a national policy statement, and the rationale behind them. For an overview see the summary document.

Submissions closed on 10 October 2019 at 5pm.

Next steps

  • An independent technical advisory panel will review the proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) based on public submissions and also provide feedback to Ministers. 
  • The proposed NPS-UD would go to Ministers and Cabinet for approval. If approved it would likely come into force in the first half of 2020.

Information sessions

We held public information sessions around New Zealand to discuss this and other proposals we are currently consulting on.  Together, these proposals will help us protect our environment and address the issues raised in Environment Aotearoa 2019.

See the public meeting timetable

See all proposals we are currently consulting on