ENVPL300-23A (HAM)

Planning in Aotearoa New Zealand

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Environmental Planning


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What this paper is about

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This paper extends students’ knowledge of contemporary urban planning in Aotearoa New Zealand. It provides an understanding of the range of different types of planning commonly undertaken in cities and districts, with a focus on the city of Kirikiriroa Hamilton and the region of Waikato.

Planning practitioners and other professionals deliver guest lectures on their areas of expertise, including growth management, open space planning, urban design, land subdivision and development.

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How this paper will be taught

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The core content of the paper will be delivered through 2 lecture sessions (3 hours total) each week. These sessions include a combination of lectures, guest talks, class exercises and a mini fieldtrip, to make them interesting, collaborative, and open to dialogue and questions.

The lecture sessions are supplemented by lab sessions, which are interspersed throughout the semester. The lab sessions are part of the course assessment and consist of exercises that work through a case study related to the week's lectures. Their purpose is to allow students to practically apply their learning to real-world planning processes, and to provide opportunities for students to ask questions and discuss course themes in smaller groups.

Students should attend all scheduled sessions where possible. The final test for this paper will examine your understanding of all of the lectures.

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Required Readings

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A list of required and recommended readings is available electronically through the electronic Waikato Reading Lists (https://waikato.rl.talis.com) and via the course moodle site.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Assess a development proposal for compliance in accordance with specified rules of an RMA plan
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of and critique a range of contemporary urban planning approaches commonly employed in Aotearoa New Zealand
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  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively to analyse a planning issue, and form sound, logical conclusions and (perhaps) recommendations in response to it
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  • Demonstrate the technical capacity to explain and illustrate concepts and processes involved in producing a concept plan for high quality development in accordance with best practice urban design principles
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  • Demonstrate understanding of key elements and processes of land subdivision and development;and of the types of integrated planning involved in creating more liveable, inclusive & sustainable settlements in New Zealand
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How you will be assessed

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Assessment is designed to promote the achievement of the specified learning outcomes for this paper and to meet the intent of the Environmental Planning graduate profile. Classes, labs and readings also contribute to these ends.

All assignments must be undertaken on / submitted electronically to Moodle. All assignments will be subject to electronic scrutiny for plagiarism. Further details regarding each assessment will be provided in class and posted on Moodle.


Public space analysis and vision (Due date: Fri 14 April)

Assignment 1 requires you to critically analyse a significant public space in the town/city you are living in (e.g. Garden Place if you are living in Hamilton is a good choice) in relation to sound urban design principles, and to then develop your own vision for this public space in light of your analysis and these principles. You will need to undertake a site visit to your selected location as part of your analysis.

Your assignment shall be submitted as a written report and a visual concept plan. The concept plan can be produced electronically or by hand.

Assignment 1 is worth 25% of your final grade.

ONLINE QUIZ (Thur 6 April)

This online quiz may be taken at any time over a 24 hour period. The quiz is self-marking, so you will have your results and feedback immediately. Sample-type questions will be provided in advance so that you can be well prepared. Part of the intent of the quiz is to help you to keep up-to-date with notes from classes through the first half of the paper, and to prepare you for the final test.

The quiz is worth 5% of your final grade.

Assignment 2: District Plan assessment (Due date: Tue 30 May)

Assignment 2 requires you to prepare an assessment of a proposed development against the rules of the Hamilton Operative District Plan (ODP). The assignment focuses on understanding key aspects of a given development proposal, assessing its compliance with the rules of the ODP, and concluding with advice regarding whether a resource consent would be required for the proposal.

Your assignment shall be submitted as a written report.

Assignment 2 is worth 30% of your final grade.

LAB sessions (held throughout the semester)

Four labs are held at scheduled times throughout the semester (see Schedule, above). These in-class sessions involve an exercise related to the particular area of learning covered in lectures that week. You will be asked to work through the exercises individually or in groups, with group discussion to facilitate learning. Completed exercises shall be handed in at the end of class or submitted electronically. Process is more important than outcome with these exercises, with participation, questions and sharing of ideas being critical to the assessment.

Note: All sessions are live-recorded via Zoom. If you attend online you will also be expected to actively contribute to group discussion in class. However, it is highly recommended that you attend the labs in person if possible.

Lab sessions are collectively worth 10% of your final grade (2.5% each).

Final test:

The Final Test will be held at the conclusion of the course. The date of the test will be advised at a later date. The test will consist of a mix of multi-choice and long-answer questions. A lecture in the last week of the course will be a revision session to prepare for the test.

The Final Test is worth 30% of your total grade.

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1 (Public space analysis)
14 Apr 2023
3:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Online Quiz
6 Apr 2023
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3.  Assessment 2 (District plan assessment)
30 May 2023
3:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. LAB sessions (x 4)
  • Hand-in: In Lab
5. Exam/final test
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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