Housing bottom lines

The National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 (NPS-UD) came into force on 20 August 2020. The NPS-UD requires councils to plan well for growth and ensure a well-functioning urban environment for all people, communities and future generations.

About these plan changes

One objective of the NPS-UD is to ensure that councils have robust and frequently updated information about their urban environments and use that information to inform planning decisions. To achieve this, Hutt City Council conducts a regular Housing and Business Capacity Assessment ("HBA") to determine the amount of required capacity for housing and business development. Read the most recent assessment.

Policy 7 of the NPS-UD requires Hutt City Council to set “housing bottom lines” in its district plan. This is a statement of the minimum number of additional dwellings that Hutt City needs to enable in its district plan in the next 3, 10, and 30 years. The housing bottom lines do not directly affect any provision of the plan and there are no changes to rules or resource consent requirements. Hutt City has responded to the HBA result with a plan change to provide more capacity through enabling more density in new developments. This was done through proposed Plan Change 56.

Clause 3.6 of the NPS-UD provides further direction on implementing Policy 11. Under Clause 3.6 of the NPS-UD, the housing bottom lines are inserted and updated without using the normal Schedule 1 process. Housing bottom lines are in Section 1.10.3A of the Plan.

Housing bottom lines updated

HBA EditionUpdate to Housing Bottom LinesDocuments
2022Inserted - operative 4 August 2022 Public Notice (PDF 129kb)
2023Updated - operative 21 December 2023Public Notice (PDF 168kb)
Housing  and Business Capacity Assessment 2023

More Information

Read the National Policy Statement on Urban Development.