Johnsonville Town Centre.
Johnsonville is the largest town centre in Wellington outside the central city and plays a key role in servicing the northern suburbs.
Wellington City Council has developed a town centre plan that includes significant changes to Johnsonville's retail heart, improvements to its transport systems, and continues its residential growth.
It is estimated that from now until 2031, there will be 2,500 - 3,000 more people living in Johnsonville, 1,300 - 1,700 new dwellings and 3,500 new jobs.
The plan outlines a framework for the future development of Johnsonville. It sets out a long-term vision for Johnsonville (looking ahead 20 years) and identifies ways to manage change.
The plan's focus is on future urban development and comprehensively links shops, businesses, housing, infrastructure, community facilities and public spaces.
Johnsonville Town Centre Plan
The plan identifies a number of key goals for making Johnsonville into a more attractive and multifunctional town centre. They include:
- Housing - facilitating greater housing choice and encouraging more people to live in and around the town centre
- Mainstreet - further developing Johnsonville Road as the 'mainstreet'
- Design quality - improving urban design and building a unique sense of place
- Entertainment - widening the range of shops and encouraging new leisure and entertainment facilities including cafés and restaurants
- Compactness - retaining a compact town centre and enhancing its walkability
- Public transport - making better use of existing public transport systems
- Traffic - improving traffic management and reducing pressure from through traffic on Johnsonville Road
- Community facilities - improving the range and accessibility of community facilities
- Public space - facilitating the creation of a new public space in the town centre
- More jobs - widening the economic base to include a greater range of businesses and jobs.
Phase 1: Planning and initial public consultation (from July 2006)
An 'Issues and Context Report' was released for public consultation; 200 submissions were received, as well as comments from a survey of businesses in the town centre.
Phase 2: Development of the Town Centre Plan (May 2007 - November 2008)
A draft town centre plan was prepared and released for public feedback in May 2007; 104 submissions were received.
After this consultation, further research and policy development was carried out on key issues, eg Centres Policy, the District Plan's suburban centre and residential area provisions, urban design issues, traffic modelling, community facilities and urban character. This work influenced the approach and action items in the final JohnsonvilleTown Centre Plan.
The final Johnsonville Town Centre Plan was adopted by Council in November 2008.
The focus is now on carrying out the final plan, including getting funding for key actions, changing the relevant provisions of the District Plan, and working with stakeholders and the community to achieve the vision.
The plan identifies a mix of potential private and public development to help achieve change - some to be achieved within the next five years, and some to be achieved over a longer time frame.
The prioritisation and funding of the plan's proposals will be worked out as part of the Long Term Plan (LTP) and annual planning processes.
Long Term Plan 2012-22 - Index
Johnsonville Town Centre - current projects
The Council is planning a number of projects for Johnsonville town centre. These include redevelopments / improvements to:
- the shopping mall (a private development)
- major intersections and traffic flow
- pedestrian safety
- Alex Moore Park
- Keith Spry Pool
- Johnsonville Library
For more information on these projects:
Senior Strategic Advisor, City Planning