Urban design is the process of designing and shaping cities, towns and villages and their surrounding areas. Good urban design results in great places to live, work and play. We are committed to promoting quality urban design and signed the New Zealand Urban Design Protocol produced by the Ministry for the Environment. This protocol aims to make New Zealand’s towns and cities more attractive and successful through quality urban design. We are producing a range of guidelines to assist with rural and urban developments. While they are not enforceable, we encourage people to consider the wider environmental aspect of their projects.
* We are currently working on guidelines to address other important issues.