Urban Growth Agenda

The Urban Growth Agenda (UGA) is an ambitious programme that aims to remove barriers to the supply of land and infrastructure and make room for cities to grow up and out.

About the UGA

The UGA is a shift in the approach to urban development and infrastructure and the mix of instruments and levers that are available.

It's designed to address fundamentals of land supply, development capacity and infrastructure provision by removing undue constraints.

The UGA has 5 interconnected focus areas:

  • infrastructure funding and financing — enabling a more responsive supply of infrastructure and appropriate cost allocation
  • urban planning — to allow for cities to make room for growth, support quality built environments and enable strategic integrated planning
  • spatial planning (initially focused on Auckland and the Auckland-Hamilton corridor) — to build a stronger partnership with local government as a means of developing integrated spatial planning
  • transport pricing — to ensure the price of transport infrastructure promotes efficient use of the network
  • legislative reform — to ensure that regulatory, institutional and funding settings are collectively supporting UGA objectives.

The costs and benefits of urban development – on the Ministry for the Environment website.  

The report identifies and categorises the range of costs and benefits of urban development. It was prepared by MRCagney and informs work on understanding and measuring the wider costs and benefits of urban development under the Urban Growth Agenda. 

Published: September 23, 2019