18 February 2020
The Urban Development Bill is a complex piece of legislation which provides specific powers to enable Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities (Kāinga Ora) to undertake urban development within specified development project areas (SDPA) as well as providing the ability to use powers of acquisition for all of Kāinga Ora’s development activities. The Bill sets out the process for establishing an SDPA, the preparation of a respective development plan, notification of the plan, providing it and submissions to an Independent Hearings Panel (IHP), and the collection of rates and development contributions.
NZPI generally supports the establishment of urban development agencies as planning implementation mechanisms. However NZPI has significant concerns with the Bill – both in terms of its overall conception, the assumptions it is based upon (as expressed in Cabinet papers), and its workability and likely (but unintended) consequences. In summary the Bill:
NZPI’s submission is that the outcomes sought in the Bill are better achieved:
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