View looking down at Kilbirnie Town Centre
Kilbirnie town centre is a significant suburban area. Strategically located on the transport corridor between the airport and the central business district, the town centre performs an important role as an employment and services hub for the southern and eastern suburbs.
With the help of the local community and businesses, the Council has developed a plan aimed at revitalising the town centre and creating an attractive, vibrant, people-friendly and prosperous part of Wellington city.
Current projects include developing a public space plan and upgrading Bay Road:
Kilbirnie Town Centre Plan
The Kilbirnie Town Centre Plan includes the long-term vision, key goals, a strategy, the opportunities for revitalising Kilbirnie town centre, and the programme for delivery.
Kilbirnie Town Centre Revitalisation Plan
The plan sets out a long-term vision for a more vibrant town centre including:
- better quality public spaces and amenities
- more people using the areas shops and facilities
- more people living and working in the area
- better access to public transport
- improved pedestrian and cycle access.
The plan identifies a mix of potential private and public development to help achieve change - some to be achieved within the next 5 years and others over a longer time frame.
For more information on how the plan was developed, see:
Background to the Plan
Time frame and process
We're now at Stage 5 of the process for revitalising the town centre:
Stage 1: Feedback on issues and opportunities
Completed May - June 2009.
Stage 2: Vision and design workshops
Completed July - August 2009.
Stage 3: Test feasibility and develop implementation plan
Completed December 2009.
Stage 4: Consultation on draft Town Centre Plan
Completed mid 2010.
Stage 5: Delivery and implementation
Began in mid 2010 and will be ongoing. The initial focus is on improving the look and feel of the main town centre shopping street (Bay Road) by upgrading the streetscape and key public spaces. We will be doing this work from September 2012 through to April 2013.
Senior Strategic Advisor, City Planning