Guidance on implementing the National Policy Statement for Urban Development 2020

Guidance for local authorities on implementing the National Policy Statement for Urban Development 2020. 

The Ministry for the Environment and Ministry for Housing and Urban Development have jointly developed the guidance below that is available on our website.

Introductory guide to the National Policy Statement for Urban Development

Introductory guide to the National Policy Statement for Urban Development

This document provides a high-level overview of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 (NPS-UD). It introduces a series of fact sheets and guides to help with implementation. More in-depth implementation guidance will follow, tailored to feedback from councils and other stakeholders. This implementation guidance may be particularly useful for urban planners, developers, local authorities and their decision-makers, designers, homeowners, and urban planning experts or academics. 

Guidance on well-functioning urban environments 

Well-functioning urban environments fact sheet

This factsheet provides information on the well-functioning urban environments provisions (Objective 1, Policy 1), which make clear the link between urban environments, people, communities, and wellbeing on regional and national scales. 

Guidance on intensification 

Intensification fact sheet

This fact sheet provides information on the intensification provisions (Objective 3, Policies 3, 4 and 5).

Guidance on responsive planning

Responsive planning fact sheet

This fact sheet provides information on the responsiveness provisions (Objective 6(c) and Policy 8). 

Guidance on producing a housing and business development capacity assessment

Housing and business development capacity assessment fact sheet

This fact sheet provides information on producing a housing and business development capacity assessment (Objectives 3 and 7 and Subparts 1, 3 and 5).

Guidance on producing future development strategies

Future development strategies fact sheet

This fact sheet provides information on the Future Development Strategy requirements (Subpart 4) of the NPS-UD, which replace FDS policies PC12-PC14 in the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016 (NPS-UDC). 

Guidance on taking into account the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi

Taking into account the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi fact sheet

This fact sheet provides information on taking into account the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi (Objective 5 and Policy 9).

Guidance on car parking 

Car parking fact sheet

This fact sheet provides information on car parking policies (Policies 10 and 11 and Subpart 8) that have the effect of removing minimum parking rates from district plans in tiers 1 – 3 local authorities. 

Waka Kotahi, New Zealand Transport Agency guidance on car parking [Waka Kotahi, NZTA website]

Waka Kotahi, NZTA guidance on car parking will be available from the Keeping cities moving web page [Waka Kotahi, NZTA website]

This guidance provides information on car parking, including car parking policies in the NPS-UD.

Development feasibility tool

This tool can help local authorities determine how much of the development capacity for housing allowed in plans would be commercially feasible to develop in the current market.  It takes into account the costs and revenue associated with developing land or homes of different types, size and locations. The tool can be used on a standalone basis to understand the development feasibility of representative sites in specific greenfield or brownfield areas. Alternatively, it can help councils to build their own development feasibility model. Analysing development feasibility is an essential part of the housing and business development capacity assessment and basis for ensuring that plans provide sufficient feasible capacity.

Urban development dashboard

The dashboard and accompanying guide, technical reports and raw data are provided to help local authorities to give effect to the National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD), particularly subpart 3 – Evidence-based decision making and Subpart 5 – Housing and Business Development Capacity Assessment (HBA). The dashboard will help ensure that local authorities have robust and frequently updated information about their urban environments that they can use to inform planning decisions. 

Market indicators included on the dashboard

  • Residential building consents compared to changes in household numbers
  • Dwelling sales prices
  • Dwelling rents
  • Ratio of dwelling sales prices to rents
  • Dwelling sales volumes as a percentage of total residential stock
  • Land value as a percentage of capital value
  • The Housing Affordability Measure (HAM).

Price efficiency indicators included on the dashboard

  • Price-cost ratios, which compare the extent to which construction costs or land costs contribute to house prices 
  • Rural-urban differentials for residential land 
  • Industrial zone differentials
  • Land concentration control indicators

Indicators are available for each extended urban area and in some cases for territorial authorities, wards and area unit. The dashboard information will be updated quarterly (with price efficiency indicators being updated less frequently as new data is made available).

Reviewed:
27/07/20