Housing choice & town centre planning

We need to make sure there is enough quality housing for the expected population growth and that the type of houses we're building suits the city's changing demographics. Our local town centres need to support this growth and attract shoppers, businesses and residents.

Draft District Plan Change

We've prepared a draft District Plan Change that proposes introducing a medium-density residential area (MDRA), and making changes to the building design standards in Tawa and Newlands. We're also working with the Tawa community to improve the Tawa town centre.

2-storey housing.

There's growing demand for lower maintenance properties

Future needs

We are looking at Wellington’s future housing needs to make sure there is:

  • enough good quality housing - we will need about 21,400 additional homes by 2043
  • a range of housing types that meet Wellingtonians' changing needs and preferences, such as aging in place, lower maintenance properties, and smaller households.
  • good access to town centres and public transport
  • high quality local facilities, shops and services.

The Council has a responsibility to give the community what it needs and to make it possible for a variety of housing types to be developed. To achieve this, we are proposing to encourage more medium-density housing to be built in areas that can support high-quality developments.

To make sure these areas continue to be suitable for more housing, the Council is also running a town centre planning programme. This will involve the local communities and identify important local issues as well as opportunities for change. It will provide a vision for the town centre and an action plan to achieve this vision.

Successful medium-density development criteria

Several Wellington suburbs (Newlands, Tawa, Khandallah, Karori and Island Bay) have the important criteria that support successful medium-density housing development. These are:

  • a town centre with shopping, services and local employment
  • good access to public transport networks
  • room for new residential development
  • good access to community facilities, schools and open spaces
  • commercially viable options for developers to produce residential developments at an affordable price.

Medium-density development in your neighbourhood

Proposals for introducing an MDRA are being considered in these Wellington suburbs:

MDRAs already exist in Johnsonville and Kilbirnie, introduced as part of Plan Change 72.

We've prepared a draft District Plan Change that proposes introducing an MDRA and making changes to the building design standards in Newlands and Tawa.

Town centre planning

Newlands already has a town centre plan, and the improvements in this plan have been done and the area is more vibrant and attractive. However, to support growth in Tawa, we have been working with the Tawa community to improve the Tawa town centre. Based on three consultation rounds, we have decided to progress with the plaza upgrade, and two raised pedestrian crossings.

More information

Housing choice

Nathan Stocker, Senior Planning Advisor

Phone   (04) 499 4444
Email  housing.choice@wcc.govt.nz

Town centre planning

Lucie Desrosiers, Senior Spatial Planning Advisor

Phone   (04) 499 4444
Email  towncentre@wcc.govt.nz