Khandallah town centre plan
Looking at issues and opportunities to improve Khandallah town centre.
The centre has a good range of shops and services given the overall size of the area.
Issues and opportunities
Our preliminary investigations highlighted several issues and opportunities for Khandallah town centre. We need your help to better understand these issues, and identify other issues or opportunities we may have missed.
Maximising activities and services
The centre has a good range of shops and services given the overall size of the area. It is encouraging there are minimal vacancies and a high local patronage.
However, some of the connections seem disjointed, such as between New World and the rest of the centre, the medical centre on Dekka Street, and Box Hill Station.
These services and shops need to contribute strongly to the centre’s vitality, especially as the centre is unlikely to expand, given the tight proximity of established neighbouring housing.
Local civic amenities
The town hall and library are key local civic buildings. We are interested in how these buildings are used now and in the future. We would like to know if they are being used effectively, and how we can improve or change the uses.
The town hall and library are key local civic buildings.
Parking, traffic and access
Ganges Road’s one-way system has been discussed with the Council as both an opportunity and a problem. The slow, one-way street offers good parking to Ganges Road shops, but has no connection from New World or the medical centre. Slow traffic supports a good pedestrian environment and safety. The centre is close to Box Hill Station but there doesn’t seem to be a strong link between them.
Spaces behind buildings
Some commercial buildings on the northern side of Ganges Street have sufficient space behind them for possible development. These spaces are used for access, car parking and servicing local businesses. However, there is limited signage to these spaces and they may not be being used most efficiently. These spaces could offer completely alternate uses which could expand the uses in the centre.
Khandallah has an active Business Improvement District group of retailers.
Appeal and the centre’s future
Khandallah is an attractive centre. It is well located, has good parking, is an affluent suburb and has good access to parks and recreation. There is an active Business Improvement District group of retailers. We’d aim to support and capitalise on these strong aspects of a functioning town centre.
Council’s role in improving the town centre
We have a regulatory role through land use zoning in the district plan (which manages land use in Wellington) and the resource consent process for new development. Some ways we can explore to help improve the town centre are to:
- improve street and public spaces
- improve pedestrian safety
- upgrade infrastructure
- make better use of council-owned land
- change public parking time limits
- work with land owners and developers to enable good quality developments.