National Policy Statement - Urban Development Capacity (NPS-UDC)

As a high growth area, Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is required to produce Monitoring Reports under the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity. 

These monitoring reports must be robust, comprehensive, frequently updated and evidence based to inform planning decisions in urban environments (Objective B1). Specifically, QLDC must monitor on a quarterly basis:

a)      Prices and rents for housing, residential land and business land by location and type; and changes in these prices and rents over time;

b)      The number of resource consents and building consents granted for urban development relative to the growth in population; and

c)      Indicators of housing affordability (Policy B6).

In order to understand how well the market is functioning and how planning may affect this, and when additional development capacity might be needed, QLDC must also use information provided by indicators of price efficiency in their land and development market, such as price differential between zones. This relates to Policy B7 of the NPS-UDC and these indicators are available from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. As they are updated infrequently, QLDC has provided a review of these in its three yearly Housing and Business Development Capacity Assessment reports. Further detail on Council’s monitoring and evidence base requirements can be found here.

Housing Capacity Three yearly Reports available here:

Quarterly Reports available here:

  • 8 Quarter March 2019