Planning for Growth

Our city is growing. The District Plan will soon be up for review. The decisions we make now, will shape the way we live, for decades.

Between 10 August and 5 October you can have your say on the future shape of our city. 

Go to the Planning for Growth website to see the Draft Spatial Plan and make your submission.

Between 8 April and 17 May 2019 we asked people to have their say on the pros and cons of four growth scenarios.

The numbers are in, you had your say, and now we know what you want for your city tomorrow.

A breakdown on all submissions and more details on all feedback received can be viewed on the Planning for Growth website.

Our job now is to create a 'spatial plan' which sets the direction for future development, and ultimately helps to re-write the District Plan.

We will want to know what you think about the spatial plan in early 2020, so please stay in touch. By taking part, you are helping us to make the right decisions for our city tomorrow.

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  • Engagement on the draft Spatial Plan will open on 10 August for six weeks
  • Late 2020: A non-statutory Draft District Plan is released for consultation
  • Late 2021: A Proposed District Plan is publicly notified (statutory consultation).

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Wellington urban region completes first housing and business capacity assessment

Five Wellington Councils have collaborated together to evaluate whether they are able to meet growth pressures until 2047. 

The 30-year assessment looks at Wellington’s urban District Councils (Wellington, Hutt City, Upper Hutt, Porirua, and Kapiti) in order to capture whether current and future growth areas would be able to cater for residential and business growth between 2017 and 2047 in the face of ongoing demand pressures. This is known as the Housing and Business Development Capacity Assessment (or simply HBA).

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More information

Diane Livingston, Planning for Growth communications and engagement
Phone: 027 803 0690