A Lot From a Lot

The best way to save the planet is to use less of it.

By redeveloping existing urban areas we can protect the most finite resource of all: Land.

Rangitaki (Blog)

Planning is not Predicting

I was taking a deep dive on the Tauranga Growth Strategy recently and found a fascinating drawing by Arkhefield + Urbis. It shows ‘conceptually’ how a neighbourhood could change over 40 years from 2010 to 2050. It was a lovely drawing of single family homes gradually...

Wasted Planning

Wasted Planning

I've been really interested in recent work around waste minimisation and in particular The Truth About Plastics Recycling report by WasteMINZ. It highlights the three principles of the circular economy: Design out waste and pollution Keep products and materials in use...

Trees are the Enemy of Growth

Consultation on the proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity closes soon and some of the submissions by local government are fascinating. The ones I have seen (through Council Committee agendas) almost all reference a perceived tension between...

Land Development Storytelling

Land Development Storytelling

The Dunedin Town Belt Story Map combines text, maps and multimedia to tell the story of the Dunedin Town Belt. I've been fascinated by Story Maps ever since I found out about them from the team at e-Spatial. I think that Story Maps could replace the traditional...

Subdivision Infrastructure Basics

In most cities and districts the infrastructure requirements for subdivision are usually different from the NZ Building Code. This is because subdivision infrastructure is often shared and must last longer than the buildings it serves. It serves the land, which will...

Coastlines and Shorelines

I'm really impressed with the direction of the Thames-Coromandel Shoreline Management Planning (SMP) Project. I'll overlook the fact that participants of the summer survey go in the draw to win a petrol voucher... The project appears to be based on the Integrated...

Planning for Land Use Technology

The Christchurch City Council is proposing to regulate what they call 'home share accommodation' through the District Plan. This approach presumes that the resource management issue is a land use problem, when in reality it’s a technology problem. Defining home share...

Bureaucratic Triage and the Climate Emergency

Bureaucratic Triage and the Climate Emergency

During 2019 five regional councils (including Auckland) and ten territorial authorities declared a 'climate emergency' in NZ. An emergency is a a dangerous situation requiring immediate action. It's probably fair to say that Council's don't have a reputation for...

Parking Regeneration

Parking Regeneration

The Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister recently used legislative power to remove parking requirements from Lyttelton in an attempt to stimulate growth. Parking requirements have long been identified as an insidious planning tool that is criticised by movements...

Enabling Enablement

I came across the Tararua District Visitor and Walk-Cycle Strategy and Action Plan recently. One thing that struck me was the use of the word 'enabler' throughout. This includes with respect to the delivery of regulatory services (like resource consents). Red carpet...