Have Your Say: Urban Development Authorities

To deliver more dynamic and successful cities that better meet the needs for housing, employment and amenity, the Government is proposing that major urban development projects are able to be built more quickly. New legislation is being considered that will enable local and central government to:

  • empower nationally or locally significant urban development projects to access more enabling development powers and land use rules; and
  • establish new urban development authorities to support these projects where required. 

MBIE is currently undertaking public consultation on the content and extent of this proposed legislation.

Discussion Document

  • Section 1 of the discussion document provides a short summary of the proposal
  • Section 2 outlines why we need new legislation to support urban development projects
  • Sections 3 and 4 set out the proposals for the framework and processes of the new legislation, and for urban development authorities
  • Sections 5 – 8 detail the proposed powers relating to land assembly and reserves; planning, land use and consenting; infrastructure; and funding and financing. A summary of the proposed changes can be found at the end of each of these sections.
  • Section 9 recognises and discusses Māori interests in the proposals
  • Section 10 describes other matters that do not currently form part of the proposal, but that the Government would like to seek your views on.

Regulatory Impact Statement

A consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has been prepared by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to explain the analysis supporting the proposals in the discussion document.

The RIS provides an analysis of options to improve urban development outcomes in New Zealand and assesses the case for enacting legislation that provides a wide range of powers to support nationally or locally significant urban development projects.

Your feedback on the proposals in this discussion document will inform the finalisation of the RIS.

How to Make a Submission

The Government invites written comments on the proposal by 5pm on 19 May 2017.

You are welcome to make submissions on some or all of the questions set out on page 10 of the discussion document. You can choose which proposals to submit on. You do not need to respond to all of the specific proposals.

Any person or organisation can make a submission. Your submission may incorporate any relevant material.

A submission may range from a short letter on one of the proposals to a substantial response covering multiple proposals. Please include your name, organisation (if relevant) and contact details. Please also provide relevant facts, figures, data, examples and documents where possible to support your views. We appreciate receiving an electronic copy of posted submissions, preferably in Microsoft Word or searchable PDF format.

You can provide feedback in the following ways:

  • Write a submission and return it to us via email at: UDAConsult@mbie.govt.nz.
  • or post it to:
    Construction and Housing Markets, BRM
    Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
    15 Stout Street
    PO Box 1473
    Wellington 6140
    Attention: Urban development authorities consultation
  • or complete the survey online: An online survey will be available from late February 2017. Please return to the website then if you wish to fill it out.

You can request a hard copy of the discussion document by emailing your name and postal address to:UDAConsult@mbie.govt.nz.

For more info and  to make a submission, visit the MBIE website.

Te Matapihi

Te Matapihi will be submitting on the proposed document and advocating to central government over the coming months to ensure that iwi aspirations and Māori housing outcomes are rightly at the forefront of any urban regeneration initiatives.

We look forward to receiving your pātai and input, and keeping our sector up-to-date on this significant issue as it unfolds.

Nazarene MihaereComment