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21 Feb

Proposed Urban Development Authorities

Proposed Urban Development Authorities

Urban development authorities at a glance:


Planning and resource consenting

Urban development authorities will prepare a development plan in consultation with stakeholders for the proposed project and will then consult the local community on this plan.

The Government proposes that, in appropriate cases, the development plan can override existing and proposed district or regional plans, or parts of them. This would not happen automatically, but only in circumstances where the Government believes that the public benefit of the project is sufficiently high to justify it. Examples of where a development plan might contain different requirements include where there is inefficient housing density or there are height restrictions within the project area. 

02 Feb

Growth in Waikato

Growth in Waikato

Waikato is confirmed as the highest-growth district council in the North Island according to the latest figures from Statistics NZ, and housing affordability may be part of the reason.


Positioned in the ‘golden triangle’ between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, Waikato District Council is issuing more consents for new dwellings each year than any other North Island council apart from its closest city neighbours – Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga.



22 Dec

Housing Accord - Hamilton City

Housing Accord - Hamilton City

Hamilton City Council and the Government have signed a Housing Accord today as a way to increase housing supply and improve housing affordability in Hamilton.

“We’re excited about this strong partnership between the Council and the Government. I’m pleased to be working so closely with them to achieve great outcomes for our city,” says Mayor King.

Hamilton has grown faster than predicted in the past two years. In the next five years Hamilton’s population is estimated to continue growing from 161,000 in 2016 to 177,000 in 2021.

By the end of 2016, it’s estimated the Council will approve 1271 building consents for new residential dwellings. The Accord outlines targets for the number of dwelling and section consents issued in Hamilton for the next three years; 1300 for 2017, 1400 for 2018 and 1500 for 2019.

The next stage in this process is for the Council to create a policy going into further practical details related to identifying key areas in the city known as Special Housing Areas.

The Accord will work in conjunction with other strategic planning documents including the National Policy

03 Nov

National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016

National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016

The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016(NPS-UDC) has been released.

The NPS-UDC provides direction to decision makers under the Resource Management Act 1991on planning for urban environments. It takes effect on 1 December 2016.Local authorities with medium-growth urban areas are required to complete their housing and business development capacity assessment by 31 December 2018.


Local authorities with medium-growth urban areas and high-growth urban areas, as defined in the NPS-UDC, have more obligations than other local authorities and those with high-growth urban areas have more obligations than those with medium-growth urban areas.


The current high-growth urban areas are:

•  Auckland

•  Christchurch

•  Hamilton

•  Queenstown

•  Tauranga


The current medium-growth urban areas are:

•  Kapiti

•  Nelson

•  New Plymouth

•  Palmerston North

•  Wellington