Urban planning

Urban planning: What’s broken and how to fix it

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Fri, 19/08/2016

Draft Productivity Commission report on better urban planning now available.

The Productivity Commission is seeking feedback on its proposal for a future urban planning system in New Zealand.

The Commission released its draft report Better Urban Planning today. The inquiry examines the current urban planning system in New Zealand and the Commission’s report suggests different ways of delivering urban planning.

Urban Planning - Draft Report

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Inquiry report
Publication date: 
Fri, 19/08/2016

The terms of reference for this inquiry invite the Commission to review New Zealand’s urban planning system and to identify, from first principles, the most appropriate system for allocating land use through this system to support desirable social, economic, environmental and cultural outcomes. The inquiry will look beyond the current resource management and planning system to consider fundamentally different ways of delivering urban planning and development.

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New urban planning research note

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The Productivity Commission has published a research note as a background paper for the Better Urban Planning inquiry: What can complexity theory tell us about urban planning?

The purpose of the note is to generate a discussion about cities as complex, adaptive systems and possible implications for urban planning. The note raises questions about the place of different broad approaches to planning, in dealing with complexity. It also raises questions about how collective choice mechanisms to support a participative, collaborative approach would develop.

What can complexity theory tell us about urban planning?

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Working paper
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RN 2016/2
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Ron Crawford
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Wed, 27/04/2016

This research note was written as a background paper for the Better Urban Planning inquiry.

The purpose of this note is to generate a discussion about cities as complex, adaptive systems and possible implications for urban planning. The note raises questions about the place of different broad approaches to planning, in dealing with complexity. It also raises questions about how collective choice mechanisms to support a participative, collaborative approach would develop.

New Zealand Planning Institute workshop

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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Dunedin Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin

Steven Bailey and Nicholas Green will bepresenting a workshop as part of the NZPI Conference, 12-15 April.

The Productivity Commission will be talking to NZPI members about the issues that the Productivity Commission is dealing with in terms of its inquiry into Better Urban Planning and do some ‘blue sky’ thinking around what the next generation planning system might look like. 

Urban planning: new approaches needed

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Nicholas Green, Principal Advisor
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Fri, 15/01/2016

One of the hottest topics over the past year has been the future of Auckland. How can New Zealand’s biggest city accommodate a rapidly growing population? Are we making enough room for businesses and factories? How do we make it easier to get across the city? How can Auckland achieve its goal of being a ‘liveable city’ that is also affordable for both current and new residents?

Planning is an essential part of making cities work – we need to ensure that there is enough roading, water pipes and public transport to service a growing population, and we need rules to make sure that developing one piece of land does not unfairly harm neighbours or the wider community.

Better Urban Planning - Issues Paper

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Inquiry report
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Wed, 09/12/2015

The issues paper outlines the Commission’s proposed approach to the inquiry, the context for the inquiry, and a preliminary list of key questions to be addressed.

A blue skies approach to improving urban planning

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The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper (PDF) calling for input on the future of urban planning.

Issues paper cover“Well-functioning cities matter a great deal to the wellbeing of New Zealanders and can help raise our productivity,” said Commission Chair, Murray Sherwin. “New Zealand is one of the most urbanised countries in the world, with 86% of our population living in cities.

Urban planning

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What would a high-performing planning system look like?
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Our brief
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The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to look at ways of improving New Zealand’s urban planning system.

This inquiry follows on from the Commission’s investigation of how councils make land available for housing, which found that New Zealand’s urban planning laws and processes were unnecessarily complicated, slow to respond to change and did not meet the needs of cities.

The Commission has been asked to identify the most appropriate system for allocating land use in cities to achieve positive social, economic, environmental and cultural outcomes. This includes the processes that are currently undertaken through the Resource Management Act, the Local Government Act and the Land Transport Management Act. The inquiry will look beyond the existing planning system and consider whether a fundamentally different approach to urban planning is needed.

The Commission will begin the inquiry with the publication of an “issues paper” that will outline its proposed approach, the context for the inquiry and a list of key questions to be addressed. We expect the issues paper to be available in December 2015. The Commission will seek submissions from all interested parties and consult broadly to help inform and ground its analysis.

The final report to the Government is due end of February 2017.

Issues paper
Completed

The issues paper (PDF) outlines the Commission’s proposed approach to the inquiry, the context for the inquiry, and a preliminary list of key questions to be addressed. Read the media release.

The terms of reference for this inquiry invite the Commission to identify the most appropriate system for allocating land use in cities. This includes the processes that are currently undertaken through the Resource Management Act, the Local Government Act and the Land Transport Management Act. It also includes elements of the Building Act, Reserves Act and Conservation Act that affect the ability to use land in urban areas. The inquiry will look beyond the existing planning system and provide a framework for assessing future planning reforms.

15/01/16 Article in the NBR: Urban planning: new approaches needed

27/04/16 Research note: What can complexity theory tell us about urban planning?

The purpose of this note is to generate a discussion about cities as complex, adaptive systems and possible implications for urban planning. The note raises questions about the place of different broad approaches to planning, in dealing with complexity. It also raises questions about how collective choice mechanisms to support a participative, collaborative approach would develop.

Inquiry timeline

9 December 2015: Issues paper released for submissions
9 March 2016: Submissions close
August 2016: Draft report released
February 2017: Final report due to Government

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Inquiry contacts

Administrative matters

T: (04) 903 5167
E: info@productivity.govt.nz

Steven Bailey, Inquiry Director

T: (04) 903 5156
E: steven.bailey@productivity.govt.nz

Quick link for this page: www.productivity.govt.nz/inquiry-content/urban-planning

Draft Report
Completed

The Better urban planning: Draft report (PDF, 5.14Mb) is now available. It outlines the Commission’s draft findings and recommendations, and calls for feedback by 3 October 2016.

The terms of reference for this inquiry invite the Commission to identify the most appropriate system for allocating land use in cities. This includes the processes that are currently undertaken through the Resource Management Act, the Local Government Act and the Land Transport Management Act. The inquiry will look beyond the existing planning system and provide a framework for assessing future planning reforms.

Supporting documents

This report has been informed by the following documents commissioned by the Productivity Commission.

Download individual chapters of the report

Inquiry timeline

19 August 2016: Draft report released for consultation
03 October 2016: Submissions close
February 2017: Final report due to Government

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Inquiry contacts

Administrative matters

T: (04) 903 5167
E: info@productivity.govt.nz

Steven Bailey, Inquiry Director

T: (04) 903 5156
E: steven.bailey@productivity.govt.nz

Quick link for this page: www.productivity.govt.nz/inquiry-content/urban-planning

New inquiry: Urban planning

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Sun, 01/11/2015

The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to look at ways of improving New Zealand’s urban planning system.

This inquiry follows on from the Commission’s investigation of how councils make land available for housing, which found that New Zealand’s urban planning laws and processes were unnecessarily complicated, slow to respond to change and did not meet the needs of cities.