Perspectives on New Zealand’s proposed Urban Development Authority

Penny - Population expert

Based in New Zealand, Penny primarily looks after our Kiwi clients but also lends her expertise to the Australian context. Penny has extensive experience as a Communication Manager in Local Government and has a degree in Business and Communications. She also brings a breadth of generalist management experience in fields as varied as research, civil defence, project and event management, marketing and training. Penny’s knowledge combined with the .id tools help clients work with their communities to empower grass roots decision-making, advocacy and grant applications, and focus on strengthening council-community relationships. Penny has a rural property and enjoys growing and eating food and wine, which she runs, walks, bikes or swims off, when she’s not in the art studio.

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  1. JoeJames says:

    “Certainly, the argument that UDAs have worked well in great cities like London, Melbourne, Sydney, Toronto and Singapore is dubious. There is widespread literature attesting to these cities being some of the least affordable in the world. So I am left asking myself a whole pile of questions.”

    I tend to be hesitant about these sorts of statements. Their is widespread literature on these cities being unaffordable, however it can not be concluded that UDAs are a causal factor when they could also be an effect. Meaning, cities may not become dense and expensive because they have UDAs, they have UDAs because they became dense and expensive. Much like people aren’t sick because they have prescriptions, they have prescriptions because they are sick. We have to ask “would they be more dense, haphazard, and expensive with or without the UDAs?”

    Since we don’t get to go back and time and change the decision to adopt UDAs and view the results, there would have to be a comparative analysis done looking at cities that have exhibited similar growth sizes/pressures, in relatable economies/societies, and then control for those which adopted UDAs and those which didn’t. If such work has been done within the “widespread literature” referenced, it would be helpful to clarify in this post. If not, it would be an interesting point of research.

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