Infill housing is the process of building new dwellings within an existing suburb of older houses. It is an important way of providing for future growth in Wellington.
Wellington City Council agreed in July 2006 to review the way infill housing is managed in the city.
The review was prompted by:
- concern over the impact of infill housing on the character of residential areas
- evidence that infill housing was being encouraged in areas with poor access to public transport and services
- the need for more housing choices for a changing population.
In response to these concerns, the Council:
- initiated District Plan changes in relation to how we manage residential areas
- consulted on a targeted approach to infill housing.
Tighter rules for new housing in residential areas
In 2007 the Council made some initial changes to the District Plan to tighten key rules for new housing in residential areas. Since District Plan Change 56 came into effect, Council officers have noticed a significant improvement in the quality of applications for new residential development.
District Plan Change 56