NZS4404: 2010 Land Development and Subdivision Infrastructure


Thursday 29th July 2010

1 Day Workshop                                                  7 Category 1 CPD hours

Cost: $351 members and $396 non-members (incl GST)

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Brief Course Description
This course presents the new Land Development and Subdivision Infrastructure Standard (NZS 4404) in the context of planning and urban design.  Course participants will gain an understanding of key provisions of the new standard, including the rationale behind the changes and how to apply the new standard to achieve better and sustainable planning and urban design outcomes.

Full Course Description
New Zealand Standard 4404:2010 – Land Development and Subdivision Infrastructure has had a makeover.  The new standard includes significant changes to street design that take a different approach toward achieving sustainable outcomes in both transportation and stormwater management. A central focus of the revised standard was to support the Urban Design Protocol by introducing land use and activity context into the selection of streets in both greenfield and infill developments and to rethink how standard infrastructure designs often contributes to best practices in subdivision planning and design.

In addition to aligning with the Urban Design Protocol, The new standard is designed to support the urban design guidelines and regional growth and land transport goals adopted by many councils, the community livability outcomes supported in district plans and land use strategies, and the transport outcomes supported by NZTA and many regional councils.  This new approach offers a way to put an end to the bland streetscapes of homogenous subdivision by offering a wider variety of street designs, better connectivity of street networks, an opportunity for better management of stormwater through low impact design, and reductions in traffic speeds and the physical footprint of subdivision streets.
This course will offer participants practical knowledge on how to integrate the new standard with district plans, urban design guidelines and international best practice.  Course presenters will also explain subtle but important changes that have been made to the standard. Case studies will be presented, and workshops will provide a hands-on approach to participants wanting to learn how to apply the standard to subdivision and land development.

Course Instructors:
Bill Greenwood served as the NZTA representative on the NZS 4404 committee.  Bill will present goals for national standards on design and the NZTA perspective on road hierarchy, urban design and integration of land use and transport.

Greg McBride served as the Urban Design Forum representative on the NZS 4404 committee. Greg primarily focused on incorporating international best practice in Urban Design for streets into a New Zealand context. Greg has a MA in Urban Design from Oxford Brookes combined with a Planning Diploma and Bachelor of Surveying. He is the Urban Design Manager for the Manukau office of Harrison Grierson.

Keith Hall served as the NZPI representative on the NZS 4404 committee and supported the land use planning perspective in road design standards.  In his role as a planner, Keith focused on ensuring that land use was fully integrated into the transport planning context.  Keith has a MSc in Planning and is currently working toward an urban design qualification.


8:30am - 9am Registration and Coffee

9am – 12 noon Morning Session

  • Introduction - Overview of NZS 4404:2004 and Changes in NZS 4404:2010
  • Review of Key Provisions in NZS 4404 affecting Planning and Urban Design withcomparisons to the old standard and other local guide
  • Workshop Exercise: Sample Plans
    Group work - Review and assessment of 2 sample plans (Greenfield, Infill) against specified criteria  eg. Does the plan conform to the current standards?  Does the plan conform to the district plan requirements?  Is the plan consistent with regional goals?  What the most important changes needed to support a good outcome?
  • Land Use Context: What does it Mean?
  • Providing for neighbourhood connectivity
    Connectivity standard and other key design elements
  • Workshop Exercise: Creating a New Plan
    Group work - Develop new Subdivision Plans for each of the two examples using the ne street connectivity standard, the land use context guidelines, and the land use goals identified in each area for the Greenfield Development and Urban Infill Development.  

12 noon Lunch

12:45pm - 5pm Afternoon Session

  • Review of Case Studies in Land Use and Transportation
    1. Issaquah Highlands (Seattle)
    2. Botany Town Centre (Manukau)
    3. UniverCity (Vancouver)
    4. Hobsonville (Auckland)
    5. Mueller Airport (Austin)
    6. Stonefields (Auckland)
    7. Current Concepts in New Standards (ITE, Ashland)
  • Land Use Context and District Plans
    Consider the goals for land use and compare the rules. What constraints can you identify in the district plan that will make it difficult to achieve the adopted outcomes?  What changes would you make in the district plan to support your project?
  • A Detailed review of Street Standards in NZS 4404:2010
  • Workshop Exercise: Finalise your Subdivision Plan
    Group work - Develop street cross sections for each of the two plan types. Identify obstacles to and opportunities for achieving your desired urban development pattern. Present findings and recommendations from each table at the conclusion.
  • The Design and Access Statement
    An Overview
  • Workshop Exercise: Write a Design and Access Statement for your Plan
  • Conclusions and Close

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