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New Zealand has a diverse range of urban and natural environments with different planning rules.

Reflecting this diversity, authorities across the country have a range of approaches to the development of medium-density housing projects.

Many cities and districts place strict controls over where and how MDH can be built. Some councils, usually in the larger cities, have well established strategies for MDH in the district and regional planning documents. These plans usually define special areas designated for urban intensification where the council welcomes and even encourages MDH but may forbid it elsewhere.

Some regions take a more general approach and will consider MDH in almost any designated residential area but require the development to abide by strict conditions and limitations before being issued resource consent. Many others don’t provide for MDH at all or consider it only on a case-by-case basis.