6.1 Urban planning, heritage and public spaces development (including Waterfront development)
Whakahaerenga whare me te whanaketanga
Our focus is on enhancing Wellington as a compact, vibrant, attractive and safe city that is built on a human scale and is easy to navigate.
What we do
Our urban planning and policy development work provides guidance on how and where the city should grow. It’s important this happens in a way that retains the things residents like about Wellington – such as its compact nature, the fact that it has a true ‘heart’ around the city centre and harbour, and the character of its hillside residential areas.
The Council is required to prepare a District Plan under the Resource Management Act 1991. The District Plan is the primary document that manages land use and development within the Council’s territorial boundaries.
We also look after and develop public spaces – including the development of the waterfront. Development of public squares and parks enhances people’s enjoyment of the city and contributes to our civic pride and our ‘sense of place’.
We also help preserve the city’s heritage through District Plan provisions and by providing financial assistance through the Built Heritage Incentive Fund, which supports the remedying of earthquake prone features, the development of conservation plans or initial reports from engineers for earthquake strengthening activities.
- We will be progressing a range of projects as part of our Central City Framework. The priority projects we plan to work on in 2014/15 include:
– Parliamentary Precinct – public space enhancements and improved connections ahead of the 150-year anniversary of Wellington becoming New Zealand’s Capital City.
– Memorial Park – this will be complete in time for the ANZAC commemorations and the 150th anniversary of our Capital City status in 2015.
- We are bringing the activities of Wellington Waterfront Limited in-house. The following capital works will be progressed in the coming year:
– The Promenade – we will continue to improve the connection from the Meridian building through to Shed 21 and the Railway Station in consultation with stakeholder groups.
– Wharf pile maintenance – the third stage of the waterfront-wide pile repair and refurbishment programme was planned to take place in 2014/15, but has now been scheduled to be completed in 2016/17.
– Frank Kitts Park Precinct – we will complete the redevelopment of the children’s playground.
– Kumutoto Precinct – we will continue work on the development opportunities for sites 9 and 10. With the delay in starting development on the site, the timing of upgrading the public space in the precinct has now been budgeted for 2015/16, with wider works occurring in the subsequent year. This will be subject to change as plans for these sites progress.
Measuring our performanceTop
Our targets for 2014/15 are:
- 80% of residents agree the city is developing in a way that takes in to account its unique urban character and natural environment
- 90% of District Plan change appeals are resolved
- 87% of residents agree the central city is lively and attractive
- 65% of residents agree their local suburban centre is lively and attractive
- 90% of residents rate their waterfront experience as good or very good
- 95% of grants funds are successfully allocated (through milestones being met)
- no District Plan-listed items are removed or demolished
- 75% of residents agree that heritage items are properly valued and protected in the central city
- 70% of residents agree that heritage items are properly valued and protected in suburban areas.
What it will costTop
|6.1 Urban planning, heritage and public spaces development ||Operating expenditure 2014/15 ||Capital expenditure |
|Income ||Expenditure ||Net expenditure ||Total |
|($000) ||($000) ||($000) ||($000) |
|6.1.1 - Urban planning and policy ||(20) ||1,842 ||1,822 ||- |
|6.1.2 - Waterfront development ||- ||6,859 ||6,859 ||2,712 |
|6.1.3 - Public spaces and centres development ||- ||1,783 ||1,783 ||2,234 |
|6.1.4 - Built heritage development ||- ||1,034 ||1,034 ||- |
|2014/15 6.1 Total ||(20) ||11,518 ||11,498 ||4,946 |
| || || || || |
|2013/14 Total ||(20) ||7,274 ||7,254 ||12,853 |
|2012–22 LTP Yr 3 Total ||(21) ||6,948 ||6,927 ||11,574 |
|Variance 2012–22 LTP Yr 3 to DAP 14/15 ||1 ||4,570 ||4,571 ||(6,628) |