Kilbirnie Town Centre Plan

6 September 2010

After two years of public consultation with the local community, Councillors have signed off the finalised Kilbirnie Town Centre Revitalisation Plan.

We're upgrading the busy bus stop at the intersection of Rongotai and Bay roads

We're upgrading the busy bus stop at the intersection of Rongotai and Bay roads

Kilbirnie Town Centre Revitalisation Plan

The plan details all the work that will be carried out in the suburb over the next 10 years. Starting with 'streetscape' improvements - revamping the streets with footpath improvements, new street furniture and tree planting - and also upgrading busy bus stops, such as at the intersection of Bay and Rongotai roads, this work should address some of the main concerns of Kilbirnie residents and business owners.

Council Senior Strategic Advisor Sherilyn Hinton says one of the main themes that came across in the consultation was that people liked Kilbirnie's village atmosphere and the range of services and shops, but they felt it was a bit run-down.

"So together with recommendations from local residents, we've come up with a range of projects to beautify the area for the people who live there now, and also to prepare the suburb for expected population growth."

Some suggestions in the plan include:

  • a business development programme
  • reinforcing Bay Road as the main street
  • reviving the supermarket area
  • redeveloping the bus barn site
  • planting trees along Onepu and Rongotai roads
  • lowering speed limits
  • revitalising Coutts Street
  • encouraging townhouse and apartment-style housing.

Work on improving Bay Road, Coutts Street and the bus stops will start next year.