New rules to help our cities grow up and out
New rules to help our fastest growing cities make room for their rising populations has been released by Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford and Environment Minister David Parker.
Phil Twyford said poor quality and restrictive planning has stopped our cities and communities from growing up and out.
“It has driven up the price of land and housing, and been a big driver behind the housing crisis. When overly restrictive planning creates an artificial scarcity of land on the outskirts of our cities, or floor space because of density limits in our city centres, house prices are driven up and people are denied housing options,” Phil Twyford said.
The National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) will direct councils – particularly in the five high growth centres of Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, and Christchurch – to free up their planning rules while focusing on well-functioning neighbourhoods and communities.