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.

Wellingtonians recently had the opportunity to provide feedback on the Draft Spatial Plan.

The Spatial Plan is essentially a growth strategy for our city that sets out a plan of action for where and how we should grow and develop over the next 30 years.

The Spatial Plan helps shape our city by considering a range of topics relating to the city’s growth including land use, transport, three waters infrastructure, natural hazards, heritage, and natural environment values.

The Spatial Plan feeds into other policy decisions and is helping to shape the District Plan review.

We will want to know what you think about the draft District Plan in 2021, so please stay in touch. By taking part, you are helping us to make the right decisions for Our City Tomorrow.

Go to Planning for Growth website


September 2021

The Spatial Plan was adopted by Councillors on 24 June. There were number of amendments to the plan that have now been completed and incorporated.

The full plan is online and interactive - we’ve made some improvements from the Draft Plan to help make it easier to navigate. There is a summary document that is also available in te reo and a printable PDF version of the full plan.

See the final Spatial Plan

We’ll be implementing many of the proposals in the Spatial Plan through the new District Plan policies, rules and guidance.

The Draft District Plan will be released for consultation and feedback in late October with the proposed plan due to be released in May 2022.

June 2021

Councillors adopted the Spatial Plan on 24 June with a number of amendments.

There will be further work on the Plan to incorporate the amendments. The final plan and summary document will be on the Planning for Growth website once it's complete.

The Spatial Plan will guide the development and implementation of the Draft District Plan that will be released for consultation later this year/early next year.

To find out more please email us at

November 2019

Wellington urban region completes first housing and business capacity assessment

Five Wellington Councils have collaborated together to evaluate whether they are able to meet growth pressures until 2047.

The 30-year assessment looks at Wellington’s urban District Councils (Wellington, Hutt City, Upper Hutt, Porirua, and Kapiti) in order to capture whether current and future growth areas would be able to cater for residential and business growth between 2017 and 2047 in the face of ongoing demand pressures. This is known as the Housing and Business Development Capacity Assessment (or simply HBA).

Regional Housing and Business Capacity Assessment Report

Our City Tomorrow consultation (2017)


  • June 2021: Council adopted the Spatial Plan
  • Late 2021: A non-statutory Draft District Plan is released for consultation
  • 2022: A Proposed District Plan is publicly notified (statutory consultation).

Get involved

More information

Diane Livingston, Planning for Growth communications and engagement
Phone: 027 803 0690