To assist planners to
implement the National Policy Statement on Urban Development, NZPI is pleased
to announce a course intended for experienced planners. This course covers the
evidence and monitoring policies of the updated NPS, including new requirements
around housing demand and capacity assessments. It also touches upon other
newly introduced requirements, such as provisions to require medium-density
residential zoning around rapid transit stations and city centres, a ban on the
use of minimum parking requirements, and measures to facilitate greenfield plan
This has been developed with
Peter Nunns who will present the course. (Queenstown feedback: “I enjoyed
Peter's approach to the session. Very approachable and helpful”; “Responsive to
the mixed background of the group”; “I was slightly worried that the economics
of the course were going to be focused on numbers and formulas and happily
surprised that this was interesting and of relevance in low growth scenarios”).
Peter worked closely with MfE and MBIE to design and implement the former NPS on Urban Development Capacity and has subsequently been involved in technical groups on the updated NPS on Urban Development. His aim on the course is to provide practical insights into the workings of the NPS-UD and assist course attendees to understand how they can incorporate elements of this analysis into their work.
Where possible Peter will be
assisted on the course by a Senior Planner from the branch area. Course
attendees are encouraged to bring relevant case studies to the course, share
experiences with others, and provide Peter with locally relevant examples he
can examine as part of the course.
The National Policy Statement
on Urban Development establishes evidence and monitoring requirements for
selected fast-growing councils which are now required to assess future demand
and development capacity for housing and business uses and monitor prices and
development trends to understand how their local markets are tracking. In
addition to these elements, which are slightly updated since the previous NPS,
it also introduces new requirements for specific changes to district plans,
including requiring medium-density residential zoning near rapid transit routes
and city centre zones, banning the application of minimum parking requirements,
and providing more flexibility for greenfield plan changes.
The government's expectation
is that this evidence will help inform planning practices on the ground. But
does this imply an upheaval to traditional planning practices? And how do new
requirements sit alongside existing evidence and analytical frameworks?
The course demystifies NPS-UD
requirements and will give planning practitioners a chance to 'kick the tyres'
on new tools and concepts. In doing so, it will review the economics of
development and the economics of urban planning, highlighting key aspects of
housing and business markets that are relevant for planners to take into
account in their work.
The course will include the following:
Briefly introduce key principles of economic analysis.
This will include:
Wider macro-economic factors that affect supply and
demand for urban land uses;
The importance of public goods and environmental,
social, and economic spillovers in establishing the rationale for planning;
How households and businesses may respond to
The role of economic theory versus empirical evidence.
Step through key NPS requirements, with a focus on
evidence and monitoring requirements. This will include:
Understanding future demand for housing and business
land – what are the key drivers and how can they be assessed?
Understanding the supply side – what determines
whether it is commercially feasible to build new homes or business space?
Investigating the NPS monitoring framework – what can
(and can’t) we learn from prices?
Discuss how economic analysis can be used to inform
planning decisions, how it can be critically assessed, and how it relates to
more holistic assessments of effects on the ‘four wellbeings’.
Lastly, while this is not a main focus of the course,
it will discuss NPS requirements for changes to district plan policies, with a
focus on the evidence and analysis underpinning these policies.
By the end of the course
Have an increased awareness of development economics
and economic analysis as it relates to planning decisions
Better understand NPS evidence and monitoring
requirements and the knowledge and capabilities that are required to implement
Be able to critically examine economic analysis and
identify implications for planning practices
the course is targeted at intermediate through to senior planners, it is framed
to accommodate planners at all levels wanting to get a better understanding of
how development economics and planning align. The course will also benefit
planners working in plan development, area based planning and those project
managing large development resource consent proposals both on the side of the
applicant and acting for Council as a reporting planner. The course will also
be of benefit to other professionals involved in the development process e.g.
surveyors, engineers, developers, consultants, local body politicians and
NOTE - If you are interested in attending a workshop please register
early to ensure it goes ahead. Minimum numbers are required for a workshop to
run. This generally ensures there is sufficient people to allow different
experience and views to be part of the discussion within the course setting.
Registration deadline is normally 2 - 3 weeks prior to the event (depending on
the venue). Thank you.