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Introduction
Summary of Submissions
Executive Summary
Discussion Document
Further Background Information
Scope of a National Policy Statement on Urban Design



Introduction

The future development of New Zealand’s urban areas is an important issue for us all. Our towns and cities face a number of economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges. These challenges mean that how we manage the development of our urban areas is central to achieving the nation’s broad sustainable development goals.

A discussion document exploring a possible approach to sustainable urban development was made available on 1 September 2008. This discussion document asked for feedback on a range of possible sustainable urban development ideas and options. Submissions closed on 28 November 2008.

Read the Summary of Submissions

Download the Summary of Submissions from the link below. 103 submissions were received from the private and public sector, along with other interested parties. Hui were also held to gain a specific Māori/iwi perspective. Feedback received on the discussion document and summarised in this summary of submissions will help shape recommendations to the government on policy options to support sustainable urban development in New Zealand.

The Sustainable Urban Development Unit would like to thank all submitters for contributing their ideas and time to this policy process.
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Read the Executive Summary

A summary of the key points from the discussion document 'Building Sustainable Urban Communities - a discussion document exploring place-based approaches to sustainable urban development in New Zealand' can be downloaded or read here:

Read the Discussion Document


The full discussion document 'Building Sustainable Urban Communities – a discussion document exploring place-based approaches to sustainable urban development in New Zealand' can be downloaded or read here:

Further Background Information

  • Setting the Scene – the background and context for sustainable urban development in New Zealand.
  • Related Links – On this page you will find links to a range of websites with useful background documents, details of New Zealand and international projects, legislation and approaches, and technical sites for those seeking further detail on particular issues.

Scope of a National Policy Statement on Urban Design

In parallel with this process the Government also sought comment on the scope of a National Policy Statement on Urban Design.


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