Urban development

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.

Key projectsTop

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.
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.
– Queens Warf Precinct – we will continue the development of an adventure activities area within the Shed 6 Harbour Basin. Options will continue to be explored with respect to opportunities around the Outer T of Queens Wharf.
– 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 site 10, which is at an advanced stage, and site 9. 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 performance Top

Our targets for 2014/15 are:

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) 1,819 1,799 -
6.1.2 - Waterfront development (3,863) 11,226 7,363 2,712
6.1.3 - Public spaces and centres development - 1,763 1,763 1,984
6.1.4 - Built heritage development - 1,026 1,026 -
2014/15 6.1 Total (3,883) 15,834 11,951 4,696
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 AP 14/15 (3,862) 8,886 5,024 (6,878)