National Policy Statement – Urban Development

The recently released National Policy Statement – Urban Development (NPS-UD) represents a significant shift in how urban development planning will be pursued in New Zealand. Although it picks up a number of elements from the National Policy Statement – Urban Development Capacity (NPS-UDC, 2016) that it ultimately supersedes, key policy shifts include stronger emphasis on intensification and creating functional urban environments. With it comes a requirement for local authorities to implement directions within prescribed timeframes and undertake associated monitoring activities.

At TPG we understand the need to focus growth on central areas and along transport corridors, and whilst this should be done primarily through allowing for an increase in height in these areas, we believe it also requires consideration of broader place making objectives. The objectives of the NPS-UD are not only to ensure we meet our housing and employment needs, but also to improve the amenity, function, and affordability of our urban areas. TPG’s approach to planning for growth considers capacity analysis within the context of place making and community building.

Since 2016 we have been busy working with territorial local authorities to assist them with the requirements of the now superseded NPS-UDC. We bring together a suite of planning, design and property disciplines under one roof, allowing us to provide a broad spectrum of integrated, evidence driven advice that meets our client’s needs and statutory responsibilities. These include:

  • Plan drafting and Section 32 analysis – to practically embed national policy directions in district plans
  • Urban regeneration, masterplanning and design-led placemaking – to underpin policy implementation with a sound strategic and spatial basis and an integrated view of transport infrastructure and land use development
  • Social and community infrastructure needs analysis – to ensure district plans, spatial plans and masterplans incorporate critical social and community infrastructure
  • Development feasibility – we test the market feasibility of desired development outcomes including housing mix and typologies to ensure that policy aspirations are connected to commercial reality
  • Interactive GIS / development capacity methodology – we have developed an interactive GIS development capacity model that allows us to enter development assumptions into a 3D spatial model and asses their commercial feasibility in real time.


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If we can help with your NPS-UD obligations or you just want to have a chat about our services, do not hesitate to get in touch.

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