01 June 2017
New Zealand’s first National Policy Statement on Urban Development (Capacity) came into effect 1 December 2016. Responsibility for implementation is split between Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Ministry for Environment (MfE).
NZPI is concerned that the guidance resources prepared by MBIE focus too narrowly on economic outcomes and measures while the first objective of the NPS is Effective and efficient urban environments that enable people and communities and future generations to provide for their social, economic, cultural and environmental wellbeing.
places new obligations on local authorities to ensure that planning decisions
are based on better information, and land supply for residential and business
use can meet future demand.
Key themes of the NPS include:
MBIE has developed written guidance covering:
And two computer based resources:
These resources are available now at this link. (A test version of the dashboard is available at this link) While NZPI commends MBIE’s engagement with high growth council officials and developers, and welcomes the guidance materials that are now available, we have additional guidance suggestions which will enable more effective integration with good urban planning processes and which we consider will deliver better urban outcomes consistent with NPS objectives.
Preliminary NZPI issues and suggestions include:
NZPI anticipates that urban planning work places will have capacity problems finding staff able to do the analytical work needed to comply with the NPS. NZPI already has an updated CPD course on the economics of urban development. However we recognise the NPS triggers a technical competency gap that will need to be addressed with urgency, and have raised this issue with both Ministries. Both will need to resource and provide for capacity building within the planning profession.
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