Development incentives included in Kāpiti Coast 2nd Generation District Plan

HYC was engaged by the Kāpiti Coast District Council to develop a set of development incentives that could be included in their recently notified second generation Proposed District Plan. The Council, which already has a number of financial and other non-regulatory incentives in place, was keen to offer development based incentives in the proposed plan for development that would result in a net environmental benefit. Key areas of interest were for biodiversity protection and enhancement, water quality improvement and energy ( in respect of reducing energy demand and supporting the use of on-site, small scale generation).

The project involved a review of other plans that use incentives, and a series of discussions with some councils to understand what worked, what didn’t and why. Through a collaborative and iterative process with the council which involved testing a raft of incentives for their likely uptake and effectiveness, HYC prepared a suite of incentives that have been adopted in the proposed district plan.

The work was presented to the 2013 NZPI conference at Hamilton as part of the Making Plans New Ways session. Here is the link to the presentation.