Planning

Urbizen Journey – Trust your gut, but make sure you know what you’re eating

Urbizen Journey – Trust your gut, but make sure you know what you're eating   The whole development journey starts…

Urbizen Journey – Trust your gut, but make sure you know what you're eating   The whole development journey starts with a plan. For us, our plan comprised of a vision for the development that worked alongside a detailed feasibility study, which is your due diligence exercise to ensure the project stacks up.   The first step in our process was…

The Development Journey of Urbizen

Some of you may know me as the Director at The Development Collective. Today though, I'm posting as a fellow…

Some of you may know me as the Director at The Development Collective. Today though, I'm posting as a fellow property developer operating in this volatile industry.   Around two years ago, I made the decision to undertake my own development in Mt Eden, Auckland. My primary goals for this project were to execute a successful development targeting a part…

The Power of Media

It amazes us how many times the NZ media reports on housing bubbles, crashes or downturns. There are some salient…

It amazes us how many times the NZ media reports on housing bubbles, crashes or downturns. There are some salient points made in a recent Herald article but it fails mainly to consider the number one factor that influences a property market and that is human emotion. There is only one mention of ‘confidence’ in the entire article. In our…

Co-housing or Co-development?

How homeowners can use their land better to upsize and make housing more affordable The idea of co-housing is one…

How homeowners can use their land better to upsize and make housing more affordable The idea of co-housing is one that many people are talking about in Auckland as a way to combat the exorbitant property prices. Co-housing is a model whereby a group of friends and/or family members pool resources to buy a plot of land. They then all…

Hidden Opportunities For Homeowners To Maximise The Value Of Their Properties In Auckland

In the early 2000s, as part of an Eco-Density Initiative, Vancouver homeowners started developing units on top of their laneway…

In the early 2000s, as part of an Eco-Density Initiative, Vancouver homeowners started developing units on top of their laneway garages. These dwellings did not significantly alter the appearance of housing from the street and came to be known as hidden density. Hidden density includes self-contained, smaller units on existing homes. They can either be attached to the primary house,…

Auckland Unitary Plan: Mixed Housing Urban Zone

This video covers the Mixed Housing Urban Zone. In my…

Why The Consenting Process Goes Pear-Shaped – Through the eyes of an Ex-Council Planner

Before starting The Development Collective, I worked as a Planner for 15 years in both Local Government and the Private…

Before starting The Development Collective, I worked as a Planner for 15 years in both Local Government and the Private Sector. During those years I became passionate about delivering strong design outcomes and challenging conventional processes. However, it was my seven years as a Council Planner that gave me an understanding as to why the consenting process can go so…

Auckland Unitary Plan: The Terraced House and Apartment Building Zone

The Terraced House and Apartment Building zone is one of…

Is the Unitary Plan Delivering on its Promise to Make Auckland the World’s Most Liveable City?

The Unitary plan has been in effect for a year and Auckland is seeing a record number of large-scale apartments…

The Unitary plan has been in effect for a year and Auckland is seeing a record number of large-scale apartments going up. While this scale of development is addressing Auckland’s housing shortage, the question that needs to be asked is – at what cost?   Are these kinds of large-scale developments going to be socially effective and sustainable in the…