New Zealand Ministry for the Environment


New Zealand

International review informed the New Zealand Ministry on best-practice value capture mechanisms.

We worked with the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment to review value capture mechanisms applied in Australia and other jurisdictions with comparable planning systems to those in New Zealand.

The project was undertaken to reflect the Ministry’s interest in improving governance to effect urban change, in line with adopted regional and local plans and national priorities.

Our work included:

  • Discussing the concept of value capture
  • Discussing how value capture differs from other forms of revenue-raising in the planning system, such as infrastructure charges, impact mitigation payments, inclusionary zoning provisions, and development taxes
  • Identifying how value capture is implemented in Australia at the State/National, regional, and local levels, and illustration with short case studies where applicable
  • Identifying how value capture is practised in other jurisdictions, such as the United Kingdom, and
  • Identifying preferred approaches to be used in New Zealand at the local, regional and national level, including the capacity of each option to operate within established legislative and institutional arrangements.

Within our analysis, we assessed each mechanism in terms of its implementation process, risks and revenue-generating impact.

Our report recommended three options for a broad-based value capture system in New Zealand, as well as overall principles to guide their implementation.

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