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News & Updates

Changes are occurring frequently to national planning policy and local planning instruments.  If you are up-to-date, you are more likely to have the time to to make a good quality submission. 

National 

Urban Development Authorities
Resource Legislation Amendment Bill 
Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment released in September 2017 a summary of submissions received on the the proposal for Urban Development Authorities released in February 2017.  MBIE anticipated that the proposal would proceed in some form, even if the government changed.  No official annoucement on this proposal has been made by the new government.  For further information see MBIE website
This bill became law in April 2017 and dramatically changed sections of the Resource Management Act 1991.  For further information see Ministry for Environment website 



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National Planning Standards
National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity
The use of National Planning Standards (also known as national planning template) was approved as part of the latest RMA changes.  A series of discussion papers was released by the Ministry for Environment in May 2017.  A first set of draft standards for public comment are expected April 2018.  For more information see website.  




The New Zealand Planning Institutes' submission on the Discussion Papers can be viewed here 
This NPS came into effect on December 2016 and requires Councils to provide sufficient residential and business land capacity (in terms of zoning + infrastructure) for the next 30 years.  For further information see website:




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Wellington region


Hutt City Council
Wellington City Council
Hutt City Council publicly notified Proposed Plan Change 43 Residential and Suburban Mixed Use on 7 November 2017 with submissions due 9 March 2018.  This proposal seeks to provide a range of residential intensification options for various localities and effects the majority of residential areas in the District, albeit to different degrees. 

The set of notified provisions is rather complicated and landowners are advised to consider how they may be affected.  For further information see website.




Hutt City Council published in July 2017 a spatial plan for Petone called 'Petone 2040'.  A future plan change may be introduced, to change existing planning provisions in Petone to match the strategy.  For further information see website.

Wellington City Council consulted on a draft plan change to introduce medium density residential areas in Tawa and Newlands in late 2015 as part of their Housing Choice and Supply Project.  No decision has yet been made on the final shape of a proposed plan change.  For further information see website: 




Wellington City Council is also signatory to a Housing Accord.  Special provisions apply to Special Housing Areas. The largest of these areas is Shelly Bay.  For further information see website:  



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Wellington City Council established a 'Mayor’s Housing Taskforce' in 2016, which provided a series of recommendations in June 2017 on how the Council could address housing issues.  A copy of the report can be viewed using the link below.  

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Hutt City Council also notified Plan Change 49 to rezone Copeland Street, Reserve in August 2017.  A decision on this plan change is expected in 2018.  

​A decision on Plan Change 39: Transport is still awaiting, following the hearing held on 28 September 2017.  
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Upper Hutt City Council
Porirua City Council
Upper Hutt Council's Land Use Strategy 2016-2043 signals a number of future plan changes, including a review of residential provisions.  Additional land is anticipated to be proposed for housing, including the 'Southern Growth Area' also known as the Silverstream Spur.  For further information see website.




Upper Hutt Council has also notified plan change 42 (Mangaroa & Pinehaven Flood Extents) and made a decision on Plan Change 43 (Introductory Chapters).   For further information see website.




Porirua City Council is in the process of preparing a Draft District Plan.  In late 2015, the Council released 12 Discussion Papars on options being considered.  Formal notification of a proposed plan change is expected in 2019.  For further information see website.







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Greater Wellington Regional Council
Kapiti Coast District Council
Kapiti Coast District Council notified a replacement District Plan in 2012.  The Council  decided to review provisions in line with submitter comments, prior to commencing plan change hearings.  A decision by the Council on the replacement plan is due late 2017.  For further information see website.









Greater Wellington Regional Council notified a replacement regional plan 'Proposed Natural Resources Plan' in 
2015.  Plan change hearings have commenced and are expected to continue until mid 2018.  For further information see website.




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TIME FOR A PROPER URBAN FRAMEWORK

THE EROSION OF DEMOCRACY IN NZ

Articles & Reports

6 May  2017

November 2016

This article was published on Scoop and is about the need for planning legislation to provide a good urban planning framework.  This framework should clearly explain desired outcomes for urban environments.  Not just in terms of increased housing supply, but also covering wider social and environmental outcomes such as amenity, accessibility, safety and affordability.  It promoted the creation of places that people want to live in.     


This article by Ton Buhrs of Lincoln University investigates 6 trends in NZ, which are associated with the erosion of democracy.  Amongst other items, it refers to changes in planning legislation and quotes my 2016 report on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill.  
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OECD Environmental Performance Review of NZ 2017
This report is the third independent Environmental Performance Review of New Zealand. It evaluates progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with a focus on water resources management and sustainable urban development.  It identifies rising environmental pressures in New Zealand and recommends changes to recent legislation including the Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas Act and the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity. 
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