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Young Urbanists: Zoning, Learning from Abroad – New Zealand

March 4 @ 18:30 19:30 GMT

Join our Young Urbanists in a series of online sessions that take a deep dive into different zoning systems across the world.

Zoning: Learning from Abroad

New Zealand 

Zonal planning systems have become a recurring theme in discussions about radical planning reform in England. But not all zoning systems are the same. This series takes a deep dive into different zoning systems across the world. The format for each event will be the same – one guest talking about the country they work in and its zonal planning system. It will be followed with a focused discussion around those key questions (and other questions the audience may have). These discussions will be written up to blog posts – setting how elements of the zoning system from that county could be translated into the English system. 


George Weeks moved from London to Auckland in 2017 to become a Principal Urban Designer at the Auckland Council Design Office. He is responsible for refreshing the Auckland City Centre Masterplan (CCMP) which provides a design-led vision for the heart of the city. George has also contributed to Auckland Council’s prizewinning work to develop a business case for walking and has helped to shape Auckland Transport’s Roads and Streets Framework. His work reflects a lifelong interest in the designs of city streets and their impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Outside work, he sails sportsboats on Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour.

The session will be chaired by Vicky Payne, Senior Consultant – Planning and Urban Design, URBED. Vicky is a planner and urban designer working at URBED in Manchester. She is interested in how core principles of urbanism can be supported through strategic spatial planning and design coding. She is motivated by the potential to bake in sustainability at a macro scale through well-considered plans, and the opportunities this affords at site level. She has worked on a wide range of projects including the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and a National Model Design Code for the UK. Vicky believes that everyone should be able to participate in planning and wants to explore how the industry and technology can make this easier. She is a proud member of the RTPI and a passionate advocate for high quality planning in the UK.


If you have any queries before then, please contact Olga Gaitani on og@academyofurbanism.org.uk.

Online Session