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What about things like minimum parking requirements, balcony requirements, and covenants over neighbouring developments?
TOP’s UDA will achieve far less prescriptive Urban Development Plans throughout our cities and districts than our current RMPs. The new Auckland Unitary Plan has proven that removing minimum parking requirements for apartments and mixed-use developments can lead to better outcomes in the right places. If new developments are assessed in the way TOP proposes, to ensure proposals work for the specific location and urban setting, parking minimums can be relaxed throughout New Zealand.
The same applies to things like minimum balcony sizes. If a proposed design can demonstrate its merits to the urban design panel, options with or without balconies may well be acceptable. Under this type of assessment process, developments will be considered more on a case-by-case basis.
Housing subdivision covenants have often been designed and implemented by people who are not trained urban design or architecture professionals. Any such unnecessary design restrictions would not be possible or necessary under TOP’s UDA. The final say would lie with the expert urban design panels, not subdivision developers, lawyers or real-estate companies.
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