Urban design controls and city development in a New Zealand context: reflections on recent experiences in Auckland's urban core

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dc.contributor.author Hunt, John en
dc.coverage.spatial Chicago, IL en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-12T21:47:16Z en
dc.date.issued 2008 en
dc.identifier.citation International Planning History Society 13th Biennial Conference: Public versus private planning : themes, trends and tensions, Chicago, IL, 10 Jul 2008 - 13 Jul 2008. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/17161 en
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the effectiveness of the Resource Management Act (being the statutory context within which all urban development in New Zealand takes place) in promoting high quality urban planning and urban design outcomes. Following a brief history of planning legislation, the broad purpose of the RMA is indicated and recent concerns in respect of the Act’s capacity to cope with the urban environment outlined. The way in which the RMA deals with urban development approvals is then summarized. The paper then focuses on the changing context of urban development in central Auckland, and the pressures that have led to a much greater focus on urban design issues within New Zealand’s largest metropolis. In response, a number of recent initiatives aimed at achieving high quality urban design outcomes, introduced by Auckland City Council, are outlined. A key question then becomes how effective might these measures be in securing high quality urban development? In order to address this question the paper turns in more detail to the provisions of the RMA, and identifies a number of impediments to achieving high quality urban development. Particular attention is given to the process adopted for considering the effects of development, this being the de facto technique of design assessment for all development, including that in an urban context. Recent examples of significant urban developments are discussed in respect of this assessment process, and other RMA related matters. The paper concludes by briefly comparing the New Zealand situation with aspects of urban planning and urban design processes that have been developed with notable success in Vancouver, a city with many similarities to Auckland. en
dc.publisher The Authors en
dc.relation.ispartof International Planning History Society 13th Biennial Conference: Public versus private planning : themes, trends and tensions en
dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title Urban design controls and city development in a New Zealand context: reflections on recent experiences in Auckland's urban core en
dc.type Conference Item en
pubs.begin-page 1 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The Authors en
pubs.author-url http://www.planninghistory.org/conferences.html en
pubs.end-page 18 en
pubs.finish-date 2008-07-13 en
pubs.start-date 2008-07-10 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Conference Paper en
pubs.elements-id 83643 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en


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