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Wellington City’s population is expected to grow by around 50,000 people and 22,000 new homes over the next 30 years. The Urban Growth Plan is our strategy to manage this growth sustainably by ensuring that new houses, transport networks, infrastructure and services are provided where needed.

The guiding principles behind the plan are that we want to:

  • keep our city compact, walkable and supported by an efficient transport network
  • maintain the features that support our high quality of life
  • protect the city’s natural setting and reduce the environmental impacts of development and transport
  • make the city more resilient to natural hazards, such as earthquakes, and the effects of climate change.

Our strategy is to direct urban growth where it will benefit the city most:

  • along the ‘growth spine’, between Johnsonville and the airport
  • around the central city
  • around selected suburban centres which can support intensification
  • in ‘greenfield’ areas, north of the city, at Lincolnshire Farm and Stebbings Valley.

Urban growth will be supported by investment in public transport, cycling and other transport networks. It will also involve investment in town centres, open spaces, community facilities and other infrastructure.

To put the Urban Growth Plan into action, an Implementation Plan has been developed. This identifies the priority projects for the next 10 years, including:

Final documents

The draft documents were presented to the Council on 24 June 2015 and adopted. To see the final documents: Policies - Wellington Urban Growth Plan

Draft documents

Wellington Urban Growth Plan (8MB PDF)

Implementation Plan (1.7MB PDF)

Summary Document (1.7MB PDF)

Public forum at Central Library

You will be able to hear a presentation and ask questions about the draft Wellington Urban Growth Plan and Implementation Plan at a public forum at 6pm, Wednesday 1 April 2015 in the Central Library Community Room (mezzanine level).

Earlier consultation

The draft Wellington Urban Growth Plan was consulted upon between 16 September and 17 October 2014. At this time, 89 submissions were received from local residents, community associations, private developers, businesses, special interest groups, infrastructure providers, government bodies and local councils. For more information on this consultation: Closed Consultations - Wellington Urban Growth

What you think

66% Feedback received that supports our overall plan

32 Number of times people have told us what they think about this idea

66% Feedback received that supports this idea

#20 Out of 28 ideas based on amount of feedback received.

Who would benefit most?

27% Local residents
25% Future generations
23% Local businesses
13% Visitors to Wellington
12% NZ as a whole
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Visitors to Wellington
  • NZ as a whole
  • Future generations
  • Other

How should we prioritise it?

44% High
38% Quite high
13% Quite low
6% Neutral
  • Quite low
  • Low
  • Neutral
  • Quite high
  • High
  • Carolyn, Brooklyn

    It is necessary for social and environmental reasons. We need to keep our unique compactness and walkability.

  • Brian, Tawa

    The residents who pay rates would be seeing value for their money and encourage others to come here and live.

  • Rob, Kelburn

    I believe that the proposed Kilbirnie growth area, and parts of the Central Wellington growth areas, are inconsistent with the stated goal to improve city resilience. These areas are prone to liquefaction, tsunami/seiche and storm surges. The experience in Canterbury suggests that such land will be red-zoned after a future earthquake. Instead of designating these as growth areas, the city plan should aim to reduce built infrastructure in these areas.

    City resilience is one of the six focus areas in this plan. The current plan plan notes that, “the need to increase our resilience will be a key influence on the planning and infrastructure investment decisions… Climate change impacts and the predictions of more severe weather events and sea-level risk will have ramifications, particularly for low-lying costal urban areas.” I also note that the government’s Resource Management Act reforms are expected to add natural hazards to the factors considered in future.

  • Adam, Miramar

    Regenerating the city centre, and managing / supporting growth sensibly, is key to allowing Wellington to grow whilst preserving the features that make Wellington great.

  • Graham , Miramar

    Wellington has a unique innner-city precinct that needs to be maintained and developed because it represents a distinguishing feature of the Wellington cityscape giving it the point of difference to many other cities in Australasia.

  • Robert, Kelburn

    Involve students, perhaps via a competition - there are many design, art and engineering students in this city, and their skills and enthusiasm should be harnessed.