Increase housing development opportunities in areas with good access to infrastructure

Section: 6.3. Building attractive and inclusive cities


Improve development opportunities in areas already well served by infrastructure by:

  1. Accelerating the implementation of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development and monitoring compliance, including requirements to upzone around rapid-transit and employment centres.
  2. Enabling greater urban development, including requirements for minimum levels of mixed-use zoning and upzoning.
  3. Prioritising provision of human necessities, such as housing, over preservation of subjective preferences (e.g. heritage, character and amenity).
  4. Using national direction to set binding targets for increased housing and business capacity commensurate with future growth expectations, guided by land prices in high-demand areas.

Adopting independent hearings panels to review district plan changes.


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


2022 - 2031

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