Transport & Urban Development Committee (disestablished October 2016)

Areas of focus

The focus of the Committee is:

  • to direct growth to where the benefits are greatest and where adverse effects are minimised, and to deliver a quality compact urban environment
  • to lead and monitor a safe, efficient and sustainable transport system that supports Wellington’s economy and adds to residents’ quality of life with a strong focus on improving cycling and public transport and enhancing Wellington’s walkability.



Cr Andy Foster


All Councillors

Non-Voting Members

Councillor Swain (Greater Wellington Regional Council)

Quorum: 8 members

Terms of reference (delegations)

The Transport and Urban Development Committee will have responsibility for:

  • waterfront
  • District Plan (Including Resolution of Appeals)
  • heritage
  • earthquake strengthening
  • transport
  • housing affordability / Housing Accord
  • building control
  • development control
  • public spaces (urban)
  • parking

In addition to the common delegations identified in Section 1.5, the Transport and Urban Development Committee has the following responsibility and will have authority:

1. in relation to the Waterfront Project:

1.1 conduct public engagement/consultation processes as required on design;

1.2 develop and approve performance briefs for individual areas or sections of work;

1.3 approve detailed designs for recommendation to Council (for consideration alongside the commercial terms of any proposal which will be reported direct to Council);

1.4 monitor implementation including approval of variations from approved designs.

2. in respect of the District Plan:

2.1 review and approve for notification a proposed district plan, a proposed change to the District Plan, or a variation to a proposed plan or proposed plan change (excluding any plan change notified under clause 25(2)(a), First Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991)

2.2 withdraw a proposed plan or plan change under clause 8D, First Schedule  of the Resource Management Act 1991.

3. to make the following decisions to facilitate the administration of  proposed plan, plan changes, variations, designation and heritage order processes


3.1 to authorise the resolution of appeals on a proposed plan, plan change or variation;

3.2  to decide whether a decision of a Requiring Authority or Heritage Protection Authority will be appealed to the Environment Court by council and authorise the resolution of any such appeal;

3.3 to consider and approve council submissions on a proposed plan,  plan changes, and variations;

3.4 to manage the private plan change process;

3.5 to accept, adopt or reject private plan change applications under clause 25 First Schedule RMA.

Full Terms of Reference and Delegations 2013/16 (1.8MB PDF)Text version (123KB RTF)

Relevant portfolios

Buildings (Portfolio Leader: Cr Pannett), with responsibility for

  • earthquake-prone buildings
  • heritage buildings
  • Affordable Housing Strategy (beyond social housing)
  • building consents
  • leaky buildings

Central City Projects (Portfolio Leader: Councillor Nicola Young) with responsibility for:

  • CBD Revitalisation Programmes
  • CBD cross-portfolio Project and Programme Monitoring
  • Capital Precinct Project


  • Wellington Waterfront Limited (WWL)
  • Wellington Cable Car Limited (WCCL)

Advisory groups

  • Safe and Sustainable Transport Advisory Group
  • Waterfront Technical Advisory Group

Relevant grant

Built Heritage Incentive Fund

Asset management plans


Frequency of meetings

6 weekly