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Appendix 1: Guiding documents

The Urban Design Protocol is part of a growing framework of national policy guidance around successful towns and cities and quality urban design.

Safer Communities Action Plan To Reduce Community Violence and Sexual Violence (June 2004)

This action plan sets out a range of initiatives to combat community violence and sexual violence. The action plan consists of four priority areas:

  • attitudes to violence
  • alcohol related violence
  • violence in public places
  • sexual violence.

The violence in public places priority area focuses on establishing and supporting national 'Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design' guidelines to be used by local government and other urban design practitioners.

Building the Future: Towards a New Zealand Housing Strategy (April 2004)

The draft strategy sets out a direction for housing for the next 10 years. It recognises that housing plays a major role in creating healthy, strong and cohesive communities as well as contributing to our national economic wealth. Six action areas are proposed, including improving housing quality and improving housing affordability.

Heritage Management Guidelines for Resource Management Practitioners (2004)

Guidelines to promote the sustainable management of historic heritage and to assist local government, owners and developers through the resource management process.

Sustainable Development Programme of Action (January 2003)

A programme of action for sustainable development. This programme is based on four initial action areas, one of which is 'Sustainable Cities'. The overall goal for sustainable cities is - our cities are healthy, safe and attractive places where business, social and cultural life can flourish.

The key government goals to guide the public sector in achieving sustainable development are:

  • strengthen national identity and uphold the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • grow an inclusive, innovative economy for the benefit of all
  • maintain trust in government and provide strong social services
  • improve New Zealanders' skills
  • reduce inequalities in health, education, employment and housing
  • protect and enhance the environment.

New Zealand Transport Strategy (December 2002)

The strategy calls for transport to be integrated with other urban issues and identifies the key role transport must play in helping New Zealand develop economically and socially in a sustainable way.

Five key objectives are identified:

1. Assisting economic development

2. Assisting safety and personal security

3. Improving access and mobility

4. Protecting and promoting public health

5. Ensuring environmental sustainability.

The strategy covers all modes of transport and recognises that transport is integral to every community and is a principal determinant of urban form.

Creating Great Places to Live + Work + Play (June 2002)

A practical guide for local government and others on the processes and tools to create liveable urban environments.

The Growth and Innovation Framework (February 2002)

A framework to achieve higher levels of economic growth through sustainable development. It acknowledges the important role cities play in economic growth, and it recognises that a key factor in international competitiveness is the ability to retain and attract talented people, partly through the quality of our urban environments. It also recognises the importance of working in partnership with other sectors to achieve sustainable growth.

People + Places + Spaces: A Design Guide for Urban New Zealand (January 2002)

A design guide for urban New Zealand. This document supports the Urban Design Protocol and provides detailed guidance on urban design principles and how to create better urban design at a project level.

New Zealand Disability Strategy (April 2001)

The strategy provides a framework to begin removing the barriers that prevent disabled people from participating fully in society and ensures the needs of disabled people are considered by government before making decisions.

New Zealand Health Strategy (December 2000)

The strategy forms the strategic framework for the health and disability sector in New Zealand and outlines the goals and objectives for health gain. It identifies the priority areas the Government wishes to concentrate on. It outlines 13 health objectives, including some relating to the built environment and increasing physical activity.