Planning for Growth

We’re reviewing and updating our District Plan to ensure it enables economic and residential growth while protecting the things that make Wellington special.

Proposed District Plan to be released for consultation in 2022

Wellington’s District Plan – the City’s first fully revised planning rulebook in more than 20 years will be released for consultation later in the year.

The plan deals with the major planning and environmental issues facing the city – including housing supply, choice and affordability, protecting biodiversity, integrating growth and infrastructure, responding to climate change and managing the risk of natural hazards.

Go to Planning for Growth website


February 2022

The Draft District plan consultation took place at the end of last year.

The next stage of the process is the release of the Proposed District Plan for consultation later this year. This is the beginning of the statutory process.

September 2021

The Spatial Plan was completed after being adopted by Councillors on 24 June 2021.

There were number of amendments to the plan that were incorporated into the final 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.

We’ve implemented many of the proposals in the Spatial Plan through the new District Plan policies, rules and guidance.

Our City Tomorrow consultation (2017)


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

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