In August 2008 the Ministry for the Environment sought the views of a wide range of parties on the scope of a National Policy Statement (NPS) on Urban Design. To guide feedback a background paper was prepared which attracted 120 submissions.
In April 2009 the government approved the second phase of resource management reforms, including a work stream centred on urban planning issues. As this work stream will investigate new approaches to the planning and design of our towns and cities the government has decided not to proceed with a specific report back on the scope of a NPS on urban design at this stage. Instead, consideration as to whether to continue with an urban design NPS (or an alternative approach), and in what form, will comprise part of the policy advice that will be reported back to the government as part of the urban planning work programme.
Further information can be found in the government’s Phase II resource management reform package.
Last updated: 29 October 2009