Feedback on Island Bay

Here’s the feedback we received from the Island Bay drop-in centre (3-5 November 2015)and public meeting (15 November 2015).

General

Residents generally understood the rationale for medium-density housing (i.e. providing other housing types to accommodate differing housing needs). Although some raised concern about the impact on the character of Island Bay.

People recognised that suburbs do change over time. However, people were concerned about the impact medium-density development would have on existing residential amenity such as sunlight, outlook, noise, and physical dominance.

Existing on-street parking is at capacity around the town centre. This is exacerbated as residents in the outer reaches of Island Bay ‘park and ride’.

Other general matters raised: 

  • Many expressed a desire to down-size, but noted that there are limited opportunities to do so. 
  • Schools and community services, such as the medical centre were seen to have limited spare capacity. 
  • Developments should provide off-street car parking. 
  • There was concern about how medium-density housing would affect property values. 
  • It was viewed that network infrastructure is at capacity (3 Waters).

Location

The most accepted locations for medium-density housing are close to the town centre and along public transport routes. Some people questioned the extent of the conceptual boundary extending to the valley slopes and close to the coast.

Building standards

Island Bay residents made these comments about medium-density housing scale and design: 

  • Two-storeys (rather than three) is the preferred medium-density housing height. 
  • Additional height could be appropriate where sites are large and streets are wide. 
  • Design controls are important, such as setbacks, heights, open space provisions, and sunlight and noise controls.

Design and appearance

Residents clearly stated that medium-density housing should not compromise Island Bay’s character. High-quality design is required: 

  • Character should be protected and design controls should be specific to Island Bay. 
  • High-quality design and materials are necessary to ensure new housing is appropriate in the local context. 
  • There is concern that developers and architects/designers will not produce high-quality design and that the Council will not adequately ensure developments are of a high standard. 
  • Housing needs to be designed to accommodate needs – i.e. elderly people may not want to live in multi-storey homes. 
  • Encourage eco-friendly design and building solutions. 
  • Concern about an increase in water resistant surfaces.

Island Bay town centre plan

These themes were raised regarding the town centre: 

  • Community facilities are small and inadequate. 
  • Car parking should be increased and improved. 
  • More intensive residential developments at the rear of commercial sites could be encouraged.
  • Keep and improve the public library. 
  • Remove the speed humps in the road, the speed environment is already slow. 
  • Whilst the supermarket is good, there was a feeling it is an inefficient use of space and could be planned better. 
  • Very little support for making the centre any bigger. 
  • Need financial assistance to improve the commercial buildings in the Island Bay heritage area.