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.

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

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 has decided on an alternative officials-led process for preparing this national direction post consultation.

As part of this process, Ministers have 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 will provide assurance to 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 have been 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 is to independently peer review advice being prepared by officials.  The panel will work pro-actively with officials to provide early feedback to improve the quality of advice as needed.  The panel’s views/feedback on issues will be incorporated into the recommendations report prepared by officials to ensure Ministers have, in one place, advice from officials and the views of the Panel.  The Panel’s feedback may or may not support policy recommendations made by officials.   

Final recommendations will be provided to Ministers by March 2020. 

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.