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The New Zealand Ministry for the Environment defines medium density housing as:

“Comprehensive developments including four or more dwellings with an average density of less than 350 m2 per unit. It can include stand-alone dwellings, semi-detached (or duplex) dwellings, terraced housing or apartments within a building of four storeys or less. These can be located on either single or aggregated sites, or as part of larger masterplanned developments”. (Ministry for the Environment, 2013)

The following list of pdf documents and resources has been put together as an aid to research and find Design Guidelines and reference for the Design professional.

There are many other documents available and we would be pleased to hear suggestions from any one with an article to share. Email anjeeta@masterspec.co.nz with your suggestions.


MEDIUM-DENSITY HOUSING - CASE STUDY ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY
From the Ministry for the Environment

MEDIUM-DENSITY HOUSING CASE STUDY THE ALTAIR, WELLINGTON
Again from the Ministry for the Environment

HOUSING NEW ZEALAND - HOUSING AT HIGHER DENSITIES
​Design guidelines from Housing New Zealand

IMPROVING THE DESIGN, QUALITY AND AFFORDABILITY OF RESIDENTIAL INTENSIFICATION IN NEW ZEALAND
Prepared by CityScope Consultants for the Centre for Housing Research, Aotearoa New Zealand

SELWYN MEDIUM DENSITY HOUSING GUIDE
The Selwyn Medium Density Housing guide has been produced to accompany Plan Change 7, which introduced a new Living Z zone for greenfield residential development. This new zone allows for the development of traditional low density, medium density and comprehensively design development 

AUCKLAND DISTRICT PLAN WAITAKERE MEDIUM DENSITY HOUSING
This part of the Plan sets out the assessment criteria for medium density housing. The criteria are designed to give designers and builders flexibility and to provide opportunities for site responsive designs, while ensuring that medium density housing developments provide a positive contribution to the character and amenity of residential areas.

KAPITI COAST DISTRICT COUNCIL MEDIUM DENSITY HOUSING GUIDE
This guide is about urban design. Its focus ranges from the broad level of how streets and blocks are laid out and relate to each other, to the fine grain detail of where to locate front doors, balconies, and even letterboxes. Good urban design will promote interaction and en- richment in the built environment.

Building Multi-unit Housing (In Living 3 zones) An Urban Design Guide for Christchurch
The intention of the guide is to facilitate the design of high quality, medium density residential development. This means development which responds to the local context, is attractive, delivers a high level of amenity and which meets the needs of its residents.

HAMILTON VISTA DESIGN GUIDE
This Design Guide outlines Hamilton’s expectations for better designed environments. The guide highlights key urban design principles considered fundamental to Hamilton’s development as a dynamic, prosperous, memorable and sustainable city.

HASTINGS URBAN DESIGN FRAMEWORK
The urban design framework outlined in this report is expected to enable reviews of existing policies and processes, to provide guidance for the development of new strategies and policies (such as the high-level Heretaunga Plains Urban Development Strategy), and to help Hastings District Council define a set of current and future Council projects. 

HUTT CITY URBAN GROWTH STRATEGY
The focus is principally on how the “built environment” in Hutt City will change over time. This means how much we want the city to grow, where new homes and businesses will be accommodated, and what will be done to support and encourage this development. This heralds a new approach to fostering development in Hutt City.

AN OVERVIEW OF MEDIUM DENSITY HOUSING IN AUCKLAND
A paper from the University of Otago.

MINISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT MDH CASE STUDIES
In 2011, the Ministry for the Environment completed a medium-density housing project to develop a set of medium-density housing building typologies and a medium-density housing assessment methodology. The methodology was then tested on three case studies.

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