Proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development

Closed 10 Oct 2019

Opened 1 Sep 2019


All Kiwis deserve healthy and affordable homes and access to jobs, education, amenities and services. That is why we consulted on how we should plan for the future growth of our cities.

We received more than 240 submissions. Alongside this feedback, more than seven thousand people attended meetings held in 30 towns and cities across New Zealand as a part of the roadshow outlining the NPS-UD and four other proposals from our Ministry for the Environment (MfE) and the Ministry for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) colleagues. The roadshow included public and private sector meetings, sessions with local government and hui with local iwi/Māori. 

Now that the consultation period has ended:

  • officials will prepare a report that summarises the submissions and recommends changes in response
  • the report and recommendations will be presented to an independent technical advisory panel to review
  • officials will then seek agreement from Ministers to make any recommended changes to the proposals, and to approve the proposed NPS-UD
  • the submissions received, and the summary of submissions report will be made public once the policy is finalised.

If Ministerial and Cabinet approval is given, the proposed NPS-UD is likely to take effect in in mid-2020.

If you would like to continue to read up on the context and background for our proposal on a National Policy Statement on Urban Development, our website is still live Consultation – Urban Development Policy.

This consultation closed 10 October 2019.