Every multi-unit development will require resource consent and in deciding whether to give consent the council looks at the design. The Council says they’re going to pay more attention to things like “residential amenity” and ensuring that new development makes a positive contribution to the neighbourhood. More information is available hereWhen Auckland set up its Unitary Plan, they created the Auckland Design Panel which helps ensure new buildings are good quality design and appropriate for their context. This is an approach we would endorse for Wellington.