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Final report - Better urban planning

Urban landscape with cityscape in background

New Zealand Productivity Commission

Date published

28 February 2017

The Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into the system of urban planning in New Zealand. The main purpose of the inquiry was to “review New Zealand’s urban planning system and to identify, from first principles, the most appropriate system for allocating land use through this system to support desirable social, economic, environmental and cultural outcomes”.

The inquiry looked beyond the current resource management and planning system to consider fundamentally different ways of delivering urban planning. The aim was to set out what a high-performing urban planning system would look like. In doing so, the Commission was asked to consider the background, objectives, outcomes and lessons from the current urban planning system in New Zealand as well as international best practice.


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