Town Belt Plan Approved

16 July 2013

A new plan for Wellington’s Town Belt has now been approved by the Council and will guide how we protect and manage these special and historic green spaces from now on.

Child on the Town Belt close to a beach.

Wellington's town belt extends for 425ha through the city

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The Wellington Town Belt Management Plan 2013 replaces the Town Belt Management Plan of 1995 and the Town Belt Reinstatement Policy of 1998. The new plan will provide policies for the operational management of the Town Belt for the next 10 years.

Mike Oates, the Council’s Manager of Open Spaces and Recreation Planning, says the next step is to strengthen and modernise the legal protection of the Town Belt, which is governed by the Town Belt Deed of 1873. The Council has approved the drafting of a Wellington Town Belt Bill and the aim is to have this ready for people to have their say early in 2014.

“The Bill would recognise the history and significance of the Town Belt and provide the legal framework for the Council to manage it as trustee.”

Once the Bill is drafted and public consultation completed, Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson will introduce it as a local Bill to Parliament.