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’.

Key projectsTop

– Parliamentary precinct – public space enhancements and improved connections ahead of the 150 year anniversary of Wellington becoming New Zealand’s capital city. We’re spending $1.5 million of capital funding over two years to carry out this work.
– Laneways – we’re making improvements to Opera House Lane and starting planning improvements for Eva Street. We’re budgeting to spend $516,000 in 2013/14 on this work. We have also budgeted $150,000 in 2013/14 to begin work on a proposal for upgrading Lombard Lane,
– Memorial Park – we’re co-investing with central government and other parties including the Australian Government on constructing this high quality park. We’re contributing $2.1 million of capital funding to this work in 2013/14. The timing of the work will ensure the park will be complete for ANZAC commemorations and ahead of the anniversary of the capital city status in 2015. We’re also budgeting $150,000 for the ‘greening’ of Taranaki St. This budget will be used to investigate redesigning the streetscape to improve landscaping, paving and lighting.
The Promenade – continue to improve the connection from the Meridian building through to Shed 21 and the railway station.
Taranaki Street Wharf Precinct –issues around the diving platform constructed in 2012/13 will be resolved.
Waitangi Precinct – The redevelopment of the Overseas Passenger Terminal and public space will be the central activity in this area. Construction began in 2012 and is expected to be completed in 2014. Work will continue on the feasibility of the proposed transition building adjacent to Te Papa. The public space works around the Overseas Passenger Terminal have been brought forward to align with construction work that will now be completed in 2013/14.
Frank Kitts Park Precinct – we will continue to oversee the design development of Frank Kitts Park and work with the Wellington Chinese Garden Society regarding their fundraising initiatives. The children’s playground, now 15 years old, is in urgent need of upgrade and repair. This will be undertaken in 2013/14, subject to new revenue being sourced to fund it (not requiring any increase in the Council loan). The playground design will be informed by input from the public.
Kumutoto Precinct: Work will continue on the development opportunities for sites 9 and 10 and the surrounding public space areas including site 8.
Queens Wharf Precinct: The Company will continue to work corroboratively with Wellington Venues Limited to complete the temporary convention centre facility and wharf strengthening works within shed 6 for the period of the seismic strengthening of the Town Hall. Provision has been made for the development of a water-based adventure activities area within the Shed 6 Harbour Basin, subject to new funding being raised.

Measuring our performanceTop

Our targets for 2013/14 are:

What it will costTop

6.1 Urban planning, heritage and public spaces development Operating expenditure 2013–14 Capital expenditure
Income Expenditure Net expenditure Total
($000) ($000) ($000) ($000)
6.1.1 - Urban planning and policy (20) 1,884 1,864 -
6.1.2 - Waterfront development - 2,496 2,496 9,114
6.1.3 - Public spaces and centres development - 1,777 1,777 3,739
6.1.4 - Built heritage development - 1,117 1,117 -
2013/14 6.1 Total (20) 7,274 7,254 12,853
2012/13 6.1 Total (20) 6,863 6,843 2,908