Urban growth management in seven new world cities – Errol Haarhoff, Lee Beattie

We held a lunchtime seminar with speakers Errol Haarhoff and Lee Beattie from the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland, and John Hutchings of Wellington City Council.

What implications do urban growth strategies have for achieving high quality urban design outcomes in our cities? View the presentation:

Urban growth management in seven new world cities: Aligning urban planning visions and outcomes (PDF)

What implications do urban growth strategies have for achieving high quality urban design outcomes in our cities? Vancouver, Portland, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland have all adopted similar growth management policies to counter the adverse effects of suburban sprawl by seeking to consolidate most of their future growth within their existing town centres and along transit corridors. However, outcomes in these cities are very different, so what explains these differences? Professor Errol Haarhoff and Lee Beattie from the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland, will discuss what we can learn from the experiences of these cities, and how their policies are leading to anticipated outcomes, including market acceptance and investment in higher density, quality housing and sustainable urban form.

Errol Haarhoff is Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland. Errol holds qualifications in architecture, urban design and urban planning and, as Deputy Head of Urban Design, coordinates the Master of Urban Design programme. His teaching expertise includes studio-based architecture and urban design, urban design theory, urban settlement history and the history of the modern movement. His research is focused on urban design, urban growth management and housing intensification. He has recently led a number of funded research projects related to urban growth management and housing intensification in Pacific Rim cities, and is a regular contributor to conferences and serves on journal boards. Errol is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, the International Planning History Society and the Urban Design Forum.

Lee Beattie is Head of Urban Planning at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland. Lee is an urban planner with 20 years professional experience. He specialises in urban planning policy development and implementation, growth management and urban design research and providing Environment Court evidence. He is currently involved in a number of research projects considering urban growth management, higher density housing topologies and urban design implementation issues in a range of Pacific Rim (Australasian and North American) new world cities. He is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and the Urban Design Forum.

John Hutchings works for the Wellington City Council as Chief Planning Officer. John’s role is to ensure that Wellington City Council takes leadership when planning how to shape Wellington into an inclusive place where talent wants to live. In a previous role John was General Manager, Sustainability at Fonterra Cooperative Ltd, where he helped embed sustainability into company decision-making. He was a policy advisor at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet where he advised on local government, environment and sustainable development issues. His career has also included positions as Manager and Strategy Leader: Environment at Local Government New Zealand and Policy and Planning Manager at Taranaki Regional Council. John is a member of the NZPI and has a Master of Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington.

This was a joint New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities and Institute for Governance and Policy Studies event, Wednesday 14 August 2013, Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 3, Wellington.

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