- August/September 2018 – Vision and design principles (complete)
- November/December 2018 – Development scenarios (complete)
- November 2020 – Development concept
- 2021 – Draft District Plan
What informs the development concept?
The Upper Stebbings and Glenside West area has some streams, including the Stebbings Stream and tributaries of the Porirua Stream. It also features “Significant Natural Areas” – these are typically native bush areas and forested gullies. The area includes high grounds around Marshall Ridge and, like most of the northern suburbs, steep topography in places.
All of the above features have been taken into consideration in the preparation of the development concept with the view of protecting the natural values of the site while providing much needed new housing.
What is proposed?
The development concept comprises:
- An extension of Melksham Drive into the Upper Stebbings Valley with housing areas on either side of the Stebbings stream and main tributaries, keeping development below the ridgelines. The stream corridors and higher grounds would form a network of open spaces providing parks, a play area, a green aspect for the new houses and walking tracks connecting to surrounding reserves. The existing bus service along Melksham Drive would be extended to serve the new urban area.
- An extension of the “Reedy Block” development, between two stream gullies to be retained. This would be served by a road connection to Westchester Drive and a walking connection down to the bus stops on Middleton Road.
- Together, these two urban areas could provide over 600 new houses.
- The balance of the rural land in Glenside West (ie land not identified for residential, open space or Department of Corrections use) could either remain in rural use or be rezoned to enable the development of “lifestyle blocks”. These are usually larger than normal residential lots, have a rural character and may use rainwater collection and septic tanks.
Upper Stebbings and Glenside West consultation summary (6.2MB PDF)
What happens next?
We will consider all feedback from the community, landowners and stakeholders and finalise the development concept.
We will then start preparing the material to go in the District Plan to manage development in the area. This will include a map showing where residential activities and open spaces are anticipated, and the general location of main roads, walking tracks and play areas. We will also draft District Plan “provisions” ie objectives, policies, rules and assessment criteria specific to this area which will be used in future to make decisions on resource consent applications.
There will be opportunities to provide feedback on the maps and provisions as part of the wider Draft District Plan engagement in 2021.
Upper Stebbings and Lower Glenside engagement report (5.8MB PDF)