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Have Your Say: Urban Development Authorities

Posted 18 04 2017

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Submissions are due by 5pm on Friday, 19 May 2017
Urban development authorities at a glance

The Government is proposing new legislation that would allow nationally or locally significant urban development projects to be built more quickly. It is proposing a tool-kit of enabling powers that could be used to streamline and speed up particular large scale projects, such as suburb-wide regeneration. Only land that is already within an urban area, or that is sufficiently close to an urban area that it may in future service that area, will be affected by the proposed legislation. 

The projects would be planned and facilitated by publicly-controlled urban development authorities, potentially in partnership with private companies and/or landowners. The Government would decide which enabling powers could be used for particular projects; not all powers would be granted for all projects. Central government and territorial authorities would have to work together to identify and agree on urban development projects and would consult the public before granting the relevant enabling powers.

The powers potentially available for an urban development project would relate to:

  • Land – powers to assemble parcels of land, including existing compulsory acquisition   powers under the Public Works Act 1981.
  • Planning and resource consenting – powers to override existing and proposed district plans and regional plans, and streamlined consenting processes.
  • Infrastructure – powers to plan and build infrastructure such as roads, water pipes and reserves.
  • Funding – powers to buy, sell and lease land and buildings; powers to borrow to fund infrastructure; and powers to levy charges to cover infrastructure costs. An urban development authority would not have building consenting powers. None of the proposed powers would override any Treaty of Waitangi settlements. National environmental standards would also have to be met. The relevant powers would only apply to a particular project and would expire when the project is completed.

How to Make a Submission:
The Government invites written comments on the proposal by 5pm on 19 May 2017.

You are welcome to make submissions on some or all of the questions set out on page 10 of the discussion document. You can choose which proposals to submit on. You do not need to respond to all of the specific proposals.

Any person or organisation can make a submission. Your submission may incorporate any relevant material.

A submission may range from a short letter on one of the proposals to a substantial response covering multiple proposals. Please include your name, organisation (if relevant) and contact details. Please also provide relevant facts, figures, data, examples and documents where possible to support your views. We appreciate receiving an electronic copy of posted submissions, preferably in Microsoft Word or searchable PDF format.

You can provide feedback in the following ways:

  • Write a submission and return it to us via email at:
  • or post it to:
    Construction and Housing Markets, BRM
    Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
    15 Stout Street 
    PO Box 1473
    Wellington 6140
    Attention: Urban development authorities consultation

or complete the survey online

You can request a hard copy of the discussion document by emailing your name and postal address to:


Clean water: 90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040

Publication date: February 2017
Publication reference number: ME 1293

This document sets out the Government's further work in the ongoing programme of water reform. We are:
  • proposing a target of 90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040
  • seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management
  • inviting applications for the Freshwater Improvement Fund
  • seeking feedback on the detail of policy proposals for excluding stock from waterways.

Make a submission
You can give us your feedback by completing the online submission form available on our:

Clean Water 2017 consultation page.
Submissions close at 5.00pm on Friday 28 April 2017.