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Introduction

The New Zealand Urban Design Protocol provides a platform to make New Zealand towns and cities more successful through quality urban design.

The Urban Design Protocol is a voluntary commitment by central and local government, property developers and investors, design professionals, educational institutes and other groups to quality urban design. Each signatory to the Urban Design Protocol commits to develop, monitor and report on a set of actions specific to their organisation. The actions that individual signatories take will, together, make a significant difference to the quality of our towns and cities.

The Action Pack supports the implementation of the Urban Design Protocol by providing ideas of actions that could form part of signatories' commitments.

Ideas have been provided for central government, local government, developers and investors, consultants, professional institutes, educational institutes, iwi and sector organisations. It is up to each organisation to choose actions that best suit their particular circumstances, however it is expected that they will be challenging and ambitious.

Actions can range across all aspects of an organisation's activities, from strategy development to decision-making to research and staff training. The ideas are grouped into categories that reflect this:

  • championing urban design and raising awareness
  • developing strategy and policy
  • planning futures
  • being a good client
  • making decisions
  • exchanging information and research
  • integrating management
  • building capacity.

Each category provides an explanation and ideas for action. Examples are for guidance and may or may not be relevant in every situation. There is only one mandatory action: each signatory must appoint a 'Design Champion' - someone influential at a senior level who can promote and champion urban design, and who can challenge existing approaches throughout the organisation.