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Research Report 379 Organising integrated urban development projects

Published: | Category: Sustainable land transport , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

This report examines how to enhance the integration of transport and land use at the implementation stage of urban development projects.

In particular, the focus is on how to increase the likelihood that planned land use developments are implemented and thereby deliver the intended benefits of integrated strategies.

Our research demonstrated the interdependencies between planning and implementation of urban development strategies. Impediments can be anticipated at the planning stage and addressed through an implementation plan. Such a plan will include specification of governance structures to enhance inter-agency and cross-sector coordination.

Urban development planning needs to be comprehensive, recognising the interdependence of transport and land use.

Constituent plans should include not only traditional transport project analysis, but also commercial feasibility analysis (dealing with funding and returns on investment) and economic analysis (dealing with costs and benefits of resource use). The feasibility analysis should cover the risks associated with assumptions used in justifying an individual project.

The economic analysis will identify how much public subsidy, if any, is required to maximise the likelihood of securing the outcomes sought.

The integrated plan for an urban development project should contain specific outcome objectives linked to the objectives of multi-project, higher-order strategies, usually developed at a regional level. Significant changes are recommended in the way that integrated urban development projects are approached in New Zealand.

These changes will affect the way all levels of government approach their responsibilities in this area, although there is some flexibility around how the conditions for effective implementation of integrated urban development will be achieved.

Keywords: climate change, coastal shipping, erosion, flooding, land transport, natural hazards, New Zealand, ports, rail, rainfall, risk, roads, sea level rise, temperature, weather, wind

Publication details

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  • Published: July 2009
  • Reference: 379
  • ISBN/ISSN: ISBN 978-0-478-478-34665-7 (PDF) ISBN 978-0-478-34666-4 (paperback) ISSN 1173-3764 (PDF) ISSN 1173 3756 (paperback)