Accessibility Policies of the NPSUD

Understanding and applying the intensification policies of the NPSUD in RMA plans

SESSION: Friday 21st April
Rachel Morgan & Cam Wallace

The NPSUD is a significant piece of national direction that will fundamentally change how we plan for the growth of our cities. At its heart, is the concept of well-functioning urban environments. This is not unfamiliar, and is consistent with compact city/smart growth objectives found in many RMA Plans in New Zealand. A key component of well-functioning urban environments is enabling more people to live in, and more business & services to locate close to centres, public transport, and in areas where there is high demand.

Applying the intensification policies of the NPSUD, in particular Policies 3(d) and 5, requires a sophisticated approach to analysing accessibility and demand in our urban environments. With only 50% of New Zealand's population in full-time employment and an increasingly older demographic, there is a need to consider what accessibility means outside of the typical approaches to managing growth, which often focuses on the needs of the 9 - 5 commuter. The NPSUD also requires us to use that analysis to inform the heights and densities that RMA plans enable on the ground.

Our presentation will set out how we can apply frameworks to analyse accessibility and demand as we prepare spatial plans, Regional Policy Statements and District Plans. We will also outline our thinking on how RMA plans can adapt to provide for the intensive forms of development envisaged by the NPSUD, with reference to local and international best practice examples

Presented By

Rachel Morgan

Barker & Associates