Specified Development Project - Northern Growth Area

Kāinga Ora is considering whether to use new urban development powers in the Northern Growth Area (NGA). It has selected this area for assessment as a potential Specified Development Project (SDP).

SDPs provide a new way for Kāinga Ora to work with councils, iwi and private developers to coordinate, plan, fund and deliver transformational, complex urban development. The SDP assessment process will involve approximately 9 months of extensive engagement and consultation and will be led by Kāinga Ora.

More detailed information on SDPs can be found on Kāinga Ora’s website. Any enquiries can be directed to: sdp.enquiries@kaingaora.govt.nz.

In July 2022 the Council wrote to Kāinga Ora requesting that the NGA be selected for assessment as an SDP, to explore whether it could help realise this area’s potential more fully.

Use of an SDP could provide an opportunity to create a more public transport-orientated community, a lower carbon emission urban environment and support environmental outcomes.

Council’s letter to Kāinga Ora requesting selection of the NGA can be found here.

While Kāinga Ora undertakes the SDP assessment, Variation 1 to the Proposed District Plan will continue to proceed through the Intensification Streamlined Planning Process, as mandated by the government.


A Specified Development project (SDP) provides a new way for Kāinga Ora to work with councils, iwi and private developers to coordinate, plan, fund and deliver transformational, complex urban development. It also involves the creation of a new governance entity to oversee development planning, funding and delivery.


The SDP assessment process will involve approximately 9 months of extensive consultation and opportunity for feedback, and will be led by Kāinga Ora. If Kāinga Ora recommends that an SDP be formally established, this will need to be approved by the Government at the end of the assessment process.


While Kāinga Ora undertakes the SDP assessment, Variation 1 to the Proposed District Plan will continue to proceed through the Intensification Streamlined Planning Process, as mandated by the government.