Swan Lane and Garrett Street precinct

We’re creating a laneway that runs across Cuba Street and connects Swan Lane and Garrett Street.

Map of Swan Lane and Garrett Street precinct.

Map of the area


The project area covers Swan Lane and Garrett Street crossing over Cuba Street, flanked by Marion and Victoria Streets. For details see: map of Garrett Street/Swan lane area

Current status: scoping phase

During the scoping phase we’re finding out how the public uses the space. Feedback helps define what the space could look like. So far we’ve spoken to, and gathered information from, the public and people who live, work, and pass through Swan Lane and Garrett Street.  

Over the next couple of months we’re working with community representatives who signed up to be part of a small working group. Together we will look at the feedback we’ve received, narrow down what’s important about this space, and come up with ideas. We will continue to work with those directly affected for the duration of the project.

Timetable of public engagement

  • 5-28 November 2018: We asked how you use the space and what opportunities you see to upgrade this space. 159 local residents, interest groups, business owners and landowners responded through an online survey. We also talked to and met with people who live, work, and use these two streets. First impressions are that residents and the business community are keen to transform this area into a laneway. These streets are a popular thoroughfare for passers-by going to other parts of the city. An engagement summary report will be available at the end of the public engagement period, around May 2019.

Meetings with the working group

50 people signed up through the public survey to participate in a working group.

  • Workshop #1 - 5 December 2018. The Urban Design team hosted an event at Toi Poneke Art Centre to talk about the Swan/Garret Laneway. A group of 38 people attended, including residents, business owners, property owners and members of the public.  
  • Workshop #2 - 13 February 2019. The Urban Design Team shared an analysis of the first workshop and explored the three most prevalent themes - Green Space; Pedestrianisation and Connectivity; and Character and Identity.
  • Workshop #3 - TBA.  


About the project

More information

Liam Farrell, Project Manager 
Urban Design
Email: ud.swangarrett@wcc.govt.nz