Urban Development Authorities

To deliver more dynamic and successful cities that better meet the needs for housing, employment and amenity, the Government is proposing that major urban development projects are able to be built more quickly.

New legislation is being considered that will enable local and central government to:

  • empower nationally or locally significant urban development projects to access more enabling development powers and land use rules; and
  • establish new urban development authorities to support these projects where required.

Read the full announcement from Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith


In February 2017, the New Zealand Government sought feedback on the proposed new legislation.

Consultation closed in May and 350 submissions were received.


Read an overview of the proposed legislation.

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Summary diagram

View a summary diagram of the processes being proposed under the new legislation.

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Supporting documentation

Official information that supported the Government’s proposals, following the decision to publish a discussion document prior to introducing legislation.

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