Best practice: Vancouver
Fellow top-10 liveable city Vancouver (below) has already experienced the rapid pace of growth predicted for Auckland, adding one million more people to its population within the last 30 years.
Regional planning to increase density, combined with policies to encourage walking and cycling have been underway since the 1990s. Other measures have included the creation of ‘lane way’ houses, essentially in-fill homes on existing sites, to increase housing density.
Now the most densely populated city in Canada, its development approach has been cited as a model for the world and has even created its own term. ‘Vancouverism’ is characterised by mixeduse developments, typically with a medium-height, commercial base and narrow, high-rise residential towers to accommodate high populations and to preserve view corridors and recreational open spaces.