Integrating land use and transport

The importance of spatial planning in New Zealand's changing resource management environment

SESSION: Thursday 10th March, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Rory Power

The creation of Auckland Council, and the development of a single spatial plan was aimed to better integrate land use and transport and support quality urban living. Through daily interactions with key agencies involved in planning and decision-making, we sought to create a better understanding the effectiveness of transport and land use integration in Auckland.

Our experience has highlighted two interrelated themes. First, the importance of strategic alignment between the various Auckland Council Group and central government agencies. Second, the importance of ensuring that spatial planning efficiently enables integrated land use and transport decisions and investment. A new component of the Auckland planning framework has been the creation and expansion of numerous agencies involved in land-use decisions and infrastructure investment. Since amalgamation, Auckland has changed from seven geographically defined silos, to numerous functional agencies at both local and central government level. While each agency has a role in enabling the outcomes of the Auckland Plan, there is a need to align decision-making and investment to effectively implement the land use and transport integration envisioned for the region.

The value of spatial planning is aligning agencies across tiers of government and functional areas to address the key challenges and deliver the outcomes sought. The Auckland Plan provides a clear vision for the region's development by integrating land use and transport. Implementing the Auckland Plan signals the need for the resource management reforms and the contemplated reforms to local government to ensure alignment between land use decision-making and transport investment from both central and local government agencies.

Presented By

Rory Power

Auckland Transport