Slowing Down Development on the Waterfront?

20 February 2009

Spreading development on the waterfront over the next 10 years - that's what's proposed in the draft Wellington Waterfront Plan.

The future of Wellington's waterfront development is up for discussion and the Council is proposing Wellington Waterfront Ltd spends the next two years planning and getting the required consents for the development work still to be completed. The plans would then be implemented by Wellington City Council.

The Council's Transport and Urban Development Portfolio Leader, Councillor Andy Foster, says that with the waterfront development reaching the stage it has and the expected slow-down due to the global economic downturn, the Council could then bring Wellington Waterfront Ltd's activities in-house from July 2010.

"The Council is committed to making - and keeping - the waterfront a great place for the city's residents and visitors.

"The waterfront project is around 60 percent complete and we're proposing to spread the remaining development work over the next 10 years, instead of four years. The 10-year time frame allows greater flexibility to phase the projects in a way that minimises the impact on ratepayers," says Cr Foster.

"We'd planned for the waterfront development to be completed by now but delays from the consent processes and the timings of key projects mean we need to reconsider our approach. This draft plan proposes that we'll continue to invest in the waterfront as an asset for our city but we'll slow it down."

The draft Wellington Waterfront Plan and submission form are available from libraries, Council service centres or by ringing (04) 499 4444. They are also available on our website under Public Input.

The consultation closes at 5.00pm, Wednesday 18 March.