This research gives a regional planning and strategic perspective of some New Zealand experience in creating transportation corridors and community structures from a planning perspective. For major urban areas, future open space corridors and multi-mode transportation corridors are complementary and can economically provide a fundamental framework for urban development. The past processes have typically left the purchase of these open spaces to each special purpose agency and also until too late in the chain of strategic planning, to secure sufficient corridors and shared open space. Early and confident identification of these corridors leads to economy and efficiency in urban development. It also reinforces their combined contribution to sustainable community structures, long-term coherent urban form and to a flexible and future-proofed transportation system.
The report includes recommendations relating to corridor protection zones, designations, early corridor land purchase and arterial access management structure plans. These are proposed to assist with future corridor planning.