Improve the efficiency and consistency of urban planning by standardising planning rulebooks

Section: 6.3. Building attractive and inclusive cities


Standardise the planning policies of regional and district plans. This should:

  1. Establish national uniform definitions for land use policy.
  2. Develop a National Planning Framework that appropriately standardises rules, with local authorities required to adopt these rules with limited variations.
  3. Make consistent provision for papakāinga housing on Māori land and other forms of community housing.
  4. Merge regional and district plans into a smaller number of combined plans.


  • Manatū Mō Te Taiao | Ministry for the Environment
  • Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga | Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
  • Local Government


2022 - 2026

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