Proposed Upper Stebbings Valley community

Located between Churton Park and Tawa, Upper Stebbings Valley and Glenside West is one of the last remaining areas of Wellington identified for new housing.

Share your views

We’re keen to hear your thoughts on a future community in Upper Stebbings Valley and Glenside West – what you value as part of your community, how that can work for a new community, and other things you’d like us to consider. Your feedback will help us to decide what the future of this area might look like.

 Upper Stebbings Valley survey

The boundary of Upper Stebbings Valley, between Churton Park and Tawa.

Upper Stebbings Valley boundary


Wellington needs more homes – We expect around 80,000 more people to be living in Wellington by 2043.

We are already looking at ways to house more people in the central city. Now we are considering how to create more homes in other areas, including this proposed new community further north.

If we create a new community in Upper Stebbings Valley and Glenside West, we want to do it right. We have to think about how a new community will affect surrounding areas, including:

  • new housing and types of houses for Wellington
  • local streams and Porirua Harbour 
  • facilities needed by a new community
  • open and green spaces for people, plants and animals
  • connections to other suburbs and the central city.

Proposed area

The area we’re looking at covers about 260 hectares of land between Churton Park and Tawa – Upper Stebbings Valley, Marshall Ridge and the western hills of Glenside. It is zoned as rural in the District Plan and is mostly open farmland or pine tree plantations.

For a clear idea of what area Upper Stebbings Valley covers, please see: Map of the Upper Stebbings Valley boundary

Planning for the future

We will create a high-level plan for the future of the Upper Stebbings Valley and Glenside West area – how it might look, what people will need and what facilities should be provided. The plan will include things like transport, housing density, parks and reserves, water management and resilience. It will be approved by Councillors before work is done to include it in the District Plan.

We are already gathering background information on:

  • cultural values – how mana whenua value the land 
  • local history – settlement of the area
  • transport – impact on existing infrastructure and making new transport connections 
  • landscape – values of the landscape to the area 
  • local ecology – including birds, lizards, water quality and stream life.

The Upper Stebbings Valley land was identified in the Northern Growth Management Framework (2003) which looked at how the northern suburbs would grow over the next 20 years. The Wellington Urban Growth Plan (2014) also identifies the land as an area available for growth.

Next steps

In the coming months, we will bring together the people and organisations with an interest in the project to help us with the early planning.

This will involve: 

  • creating a vision and design principles for future development – feedback from the survey will be used here
  • coming up with options for how the area could change (October/November)
  • asking for feedback on the options
  • reviewing the options and feedback to come up with a draft plan in December 2018 – Councillors will consider the plan in early 2019.

More information

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss the project.

David Mitchell, Senior Spatial Planning Advisor
Phone: 04 499 4444