National Policy Statements: Have Your Say

The Government is proposing a National Policy Statement on Highly Productive Land (NPS-HPL) and a National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD). Now is the time for members to get involved and have your say on these important policies.

Urban development

The NPS-UD is specifically requesting feedback on how local authorities in major urban centres (such as Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown) should direct intensification in their District Plans.

This could result in local authorities being required to introduce a minimum overall density of 60 residential unit per hectare within an 800m walkable catchment of centres and frequent public transport spots and zone all residential and mixed use areas within 1.5km of city centres for high-density development. 

The NPS-UD is also reviewing three options to regulate car parking requirements for developments.

The options include:

  • removing local authorities ability to regulate and shifting that onus onto each individual developer;
  • and removing ‘minimum’ number of car parking requirements in District Plans (however, this may not stop local authorities setting a ‘maximum’ number, which could act as the current minimum).

Highly productive land

The NPS-HPL seeks to introduce new standards for local authorities to determine which land is highly productive. In the meantime, a blanket protection would occur for land classified as LUC 1, 2 and 3 which is approximately 14% of New Zealand’s land (excluding conservation land and existing urban areas).

This is expected to take up to three years for local authorities to implement, which may also be affected by the local government political cycle being three years.

There is a real need to provide local authorities with clarity on how the NPS-HPL integrates with the NPS-UD, as we cannot continue to place the onus on local government without providing clear policy direction.  

Upcoming workshops

Property Council and its members have a chance to shape and influence the way our cities will look in the future, whilst providing clear guidance on ensuring that our highly productive land is protected for future generations, where practicable.

We are holding a Skype workshop to formulate Property Council’s position on Wednesday 18 September. Please RSVP to Katherine Wilson

The Ministry is also holding public meetings across New Zealand to inform members of the public about these proposed changes prior to submissions closing on 10 October 2019. We encourage members to also attend these workshops where possible as it is important to have property knowledge in the room at public discussions.

Click here for details of the public workshops.


Author | Katherine Wilson

With a law and arts degree from Otago University, coupled with five years’ experience as a policy analyst and policy advisor at Auckland Council and the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, Katherine is perfectly placed to support the advocacy needs of the Waikato and Tauranga Branches. Katherine is also supporting our advocacy work at a national level, including working with members on the proposed building legislation and resource management reform.

Katherine was appointed as a Senior Advocacy Advisor in 2017, and since then has proven herself to be hugely dedicated, highly intelligent and committed to ensuring the voice of our members is heard at all levels of governance.

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