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 councils 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.

This consultation closed on 10 October 2019.

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.

Decision

The Government has announced its decision to replace the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016 with the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020. This follows consideration of government officials' recommendations which took into account the submissions from the consultation.

What you told us

We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to make a submission on the proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development. We received more than 250 submissions. See the full summary of submissions on our website.

Submissions

5 - Anonymous PDF, 66 KB
6 - Anonymous PDF, 54 KB
9 - Jessica de Heij PDF, 49 KB
10 - Anonymous PDF, 64 KB
11 - Benjamin William Ross PDF, 114 KB
13 - Anonymous PDF, 47 KB
16 - John Lawson PDF, 44 KB
20 - Andrew Mercer PDF, 45 KB
24 - Alison Victoria Robins PDF, 48 KB
25 - M & M Partnership PDF, 68 KB
30 - Johanna Klein PDF, 42 KB
31 - Kara Lipski PDF, 405 KB
32 - Jill Nuthall PDF, 123 KB
33 - Bob Bullsmith PDF, 47 KB
36 - Kathleen and Steven Vitasovich PDF, 56 KB
37 - Anonymous PDF, 48 KB
45 - Lewis Blair Anderson PDF, 46 KB
46 - Sarah Parker PDF, 48 KB
47 - Anonymous PDF, 54 KB
48 - Will McNab PDF, 52 KB
50 - Anonymous PDF, 56 KB
52 - James Scott Pringle PDF, 58 KB
71 - Anonymous PDF, 67 KB
78 - Louise Johnston PDF, 37 KB
82 - Rebecca Forgesson PDF, 59 KB
83 - Siobhan Murphy PDF, 87 KB
85 - Anonymous PDF, 45 KB
87 - Craig Palmer PDF, 26 KB
91 - David Chambers PDF, 109 KB
94 - Jennifer Jean Jack PDF, 56 KB
98 - Damian Duthie PDF, 931 KB
100 - Carole Gordon PDF, 267 KB
108 - Kelvin Choi PDF, 50 KB
122 - Kay Robertson PDF, 100 KB
124 - Peter H Bos PDF, 38 KB
126 - Daniel Carter PDF, 49 KB
131 - Robert Manthei PDF, 60 KB
135 - Clint Betteridge PDF, 71 KB
156 - Tim Jenkins PDF, 56 KB
176 - Helen Broughton PDF, 570 KB
192 - Heidi O'Callahan PDF, 60 KB
202 - Nicholas Lee PDF, 51 KB
213 - R Martin Taylor PDF, 39 KB
218 - Clifford Paul Mason PDF, 67 KB
223 - Rae James PDF, 96 KB
226 - Graham White PDF, 309 KB
227 - Vicky Southworth PDF, 43 KB
236 - Sheila Hailstone PDF, 26 KB
250 - Pita Rikys PDF, 237 KB
253 - Kit Howden PDF, 497 KB
255 - Katrina McCallum PDF, 52 KB
257 - Dave Kelly PDF, 13 KB
261 - Wendy Fergusson PDF, 78 KB
266 - Peter Dyhrberg PDF, 6 MB
288 - Natalie O'Rourke PDF, 21 KB
294 - Glenn Archibald PDF, 55 KB
312 - Lionel Owen Foster PDF, 240 KB
322 - Eleanor West PDF, 141 KB
337 - Gregory Partridge PDF, 488 KB
342 - Richard Gaddum PDF, 3 MB
38 - Whakatane District Council PDF, 69 KB
41 - Central Otago District Council PDF, 82 KB
64 - Horowhenua District Council PDF, 550 KB
66 - Taranaki Regional Council PDF, 182 KB
69 - Tauranga City Council PDF, 963 KB
72 - Environment Canterbury PDF, 6 MB
73 - Waimakariri District Council PDF, 727 KB
74 - Christchurch City Council PDF, 5 MB
84 - New Plymouth District Council PDF, 66 KB
86 - Greater Wellington Regional Council PDF, 167 KB
89 - Waitomo District Council PDF, 93 KB
93 - Waikato Regional Council PDF, 661 KB
112 - Northland Regional Council PDF, 157 KB
137 - Bay of Plenty Regional Council PDF, 470 KB
143 - Whangarei District Council PDF, 183 KB
146 - Waikato District Council PDF, 141 KB
149 - Selwyn District Council PDF, 196 KB
150 - Western Bay of Plenty District Council PDF, 678 KB
159 - Tasman District Council and Nelson City Council PDF, 3 MB
172 - Upper Hutt City Council PDF, 101 KB
173 - Far North District Council PDF, 169 KB
189 - Otago Regional Council PDF, 169 KB
190 - Timaru District Council PDF, 62 KB
198 - Hutt City Council PDF, 89 KB
220 - Future Proof Implementation Committee PDF, 297 KB
232 - Queenstown Lakes District Council PDF, 354 KB
233 - Hawke's Bay Regional, Hastings District, Napier City, and Central Hawke's Bay District PDF, 698 KB
234 - SmartGrowth PDF, 322 KB
239 - Greater Christchurch Partnership PDF, 812 KB
244 - Marlborough District Council PDF, 625 KB
245 - Dunedin City Council PDF, 543 KB
246 - Manawatu District Council PDF, 336 KB
248 - Masterton District Council PDF, 102 KB
262 - Mackenzie District Council PDF, 897 KB
296 - Porirua City Council PDF, 64 KB
299 - Palmerston North City Council PDF, 291 KB 
300 - Waipa District Council PDF, 828 KB
301 - Kapiti Coast District Council PDF, 396 KB
305 - Thames Coromandel District Council PDF, 257 KB
314 - Wellington City Council PDF, 627 KB
321 - Auckland Council PDF, 3 MB
323 - Hamilton City Council PDF, 531 KB
325 - Gisborne District Council PDF, 41 KB

National Policy Statement on Urban Development - Technical Advisory Panel

Requirement for Technical Advisory Panel

In accordance with the requirements of section 46A of the RMA, the Minister for the Environment decided on an alternative officials-led process for preparing this national direction post-consultation.

As part of this process, Ministers agreed that an independent technical advisory panel (panel) be appointed as a check and balance on the officials-led process. 

The expertise and independence of the panel provides assurance to the Minister and the public that the content of the NPS-UD meets the requirements of the RMA.

Members of the Technical Advisory Panel

The panel members were chosen based on their knowledge and skills relating to the Resource Management Act, urban development expertise and tikanga Māori.

Greg Hill Panel Chair     Accredited independent hearings commissioner. Part of the Independent Hearing Panel for Auckland Unitary Plan.
Dr. Claire Kirman Panel member Partner at Ellis Gould, expertise in resource management law.  
Antoine Coffin Panel member  Accredited RMA commissioner. Expert in resource management, research and community engagement and brings Te Ao Maori experience to the panel.
Craig Stewart  Panel member Wellington-based developer with 20 years of experience in the property development market.

Main role and duties of Technical Advisory Panel

The key role of the panel was to independently peer review advice being prepared by officials.  The panel worked with officials to provide early feedback to improve the quality of advice as needed. The panel’s views/feedback on issues were incorporated into the recommendations report prepared by officials.