The draft Kilbirnie town centre plan aims to revitalise the centre by improving its look and feel and making it a key destination for shoppers, residents and the wider Wellington community.
The Council's Urban Development Portfolio Leader, Councillor Andy Foster, says a number of community workshops were held last year to explore opportunities in Kilbirnie. "People told us they like the centre's village atmosphere and its community facilities, such as the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, library and recreation and community centres, but felt it was run-down and something needed to be done to improve they way it looks and functions. We created a leadership group made up of local business leaders, landowners and residents who have been a sounding board and source of ideas. This draft plan is the result of that work and we're looking forward to getting public feedback on it.
"Kilbirnie is an important centre for Wellington City. This plan is all about raising its performance as a town centre as well as making sure we cope with the expected population growth in the area and the challenges that brings. The key to this has been to make sure we maintain and enhance Kilbirnie's role as a key community and business hub for the southern and eastern suburbs."
The draft plan suggests a number of opportunities to revitalise the town centre, including:
- encouraging local business to work together to promote and coordinate business activities in the centre
- investigating redevelopment opportunities on key sites (including the Community Centre site) to improve the quality of the shopping experience on the main street and to increase overall performance of the centre
- potential for a new public space between Bay Road and Onepu Road
- redeveloping the bus barn site into a high-quality mixed use development
- planting trees along Rongotai and Onepu roads
- weather-proofing bus shelters and improving the pedestrian environment on the main street
- creating a community walkway and cycleway on the existing drainage easement to the south of the bus barns (Queens Drive to Tirangi Road)
- encouraging opportunities for well designed medium-density houses and apartments.
Consultation on the draft plan starts on Tuesday 18 May 2010. Tell us what you think of the plan by going to the Public Input section of this website or pick up a copy of the draft plan and submission form from Kilbirnie, Newtown and Island Bay libraries, the Council's Service Centre at 101 Wakefield Street, Kilbirnie/Lyall Bay Community Centre on Bay Road, Kilbirnie, Ruth Gotlieb Library and Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre or phone (04) 499 4444.
You can also join our Facebook group. Just type in 'Kilbirnie town centre plan' on the Facebook website to have your say.