Planning for Growth

Our city is growing. The District Plan will soon be up for review. The decisions we make now, will shape the way we live, for decades.

In the next 30 years we will have 50,000 to 80,000 more people living in Wellington. It will have a big impact on all of us. Not just about where we live but how we live. 

In early April, we will have scenarios to help you visualise some different ways we could grow, and talk to us about what aspects you like, or don’t like.

Either way, there will be trade-offs to make, so we really need your help. 

Join the conversation!


April-May 2019: A conversation with you about the options

November 2019:  Your feedback is drawn visually into a 'spatial plan' for you to look at

Mid 2020:  The spatial plan is agreed

Late 2020: Rules about where and how development can occur is written into the Draft District Plan. 

Why it matters

We have one of the most lovable, livable cities there are. We cherish our edgy culture, We have the lowest carbon emissions per capita in Australasia. 

Our heritage buildings and urban art tell a story about who we are. Our beautiful harbour and green belt that frame our city give us places to roam, while keeping us tight. Then there's also coffee!

You have told us you want to protect these things. 

We have a chance now to work out how and where our growth will happen. This is also the time to think about how we make our city resilient to earthquakes and sea level rise. 

What's your view?

We will keep you up to date with news and views, and send you links to scenarios so you can give us your feedback. 

Technical Reports

Pre-1930 Character Assessment Report (2019)

This report is a stocktake of our inner city character areas (Mt Victoria, Thorndon, Mt Cook, Newtown, Berhampore, Aro Valley/The Terrace, and Holloway Road) where the demolition of buildings constructed prior to 1930 is controlled by the District Plan. The purpose of the report is to gain an accurate and consistent view of how well this character has been retained since the areas were first identified in the 1990s. It has been commissioned as part of the Planning for Growth project, and our next steps are to talk with the community and residents about where and how the City should grow, while protecting the things the community values. This will form part of the Planning for Growth engagement planned for April 2019. 

For more information contact Planning for Growth communications and engagement, Diane Livingston on 027 803 0690.