Urban Growth Agenda

The Urban Growth Agenda (UGA) is an ambitious programme to improve housing affordability underpinned by affordable land.

The UGA is a shift in the approach to urban development and infrastructure and the mix of instruments and levers that are available.

It is designed to address fundamentals of land supply, development capacity and infrastructure provision by removing undue constraints.

The UGA has five interconnected focus areas:

  • Infrastructure Funding and Financing – enabling a more responsive supply of infrastructure and appropriate cost allocation
  • Urban Planning – to allow for cities to make room for growth, support quality built environments and enable strategic integrated planning
  • Spatial Planning (initially focused on Auckland and the Auckland-Hamilton corridor) – to build a stronger partnership with local government as a means of developing integrated spatial planning
  • Transport Pricing – to ensure the price of transport infrastructure promotes efficient use of the network
  • Legislative reform – to ensure that regulatory, institutional and funding settings are collectively supporting UGA objectives.


More information

Cabinet paper – Urban Growth Agenda: Proposed approach [PDF 1MB]