Wellington’s plan for growth

Wellington City Council recently released its draft spatial plan which outlines how the city will look 30 years from now.

The spatial plan is essentially a ‘blueprint’ where Wellington sets out a plan of action for where and how the city should grow and develop. It will also help the Council to prioritise investment for things like transport, new community facilities and infrastructure upgrades.

It is estimated that between 50,000 to 80,000 more people are expected to call the capital home within the next 30 years. The new rules will reduce the height restrictions currently faced by developers allowing for a minimum building height of six storeys in the inner city with a maximum building height of 10 storeys. For the inner suburbs, maximum building height would be between four and six storeys, although some areas deemed of special heritage would be restricted to two or three storeys. Meanwhile, the outer suburbs would have a building height of either six storeys – or even eight storeys for Johnsonville and Kilbirnie – which would be centred around the suburb centres.

The draft spatial plan can be found here.

Submissions are open until Monday 5 October 2020. Should you wish to contribute to Property Council’s submission please contact James Kennelly.


Author | James Kennelly

As Property Council's Head of Advocacy, James leads our advocacy team with sound judgement, a natural flair for communicating the complex and an easy-going manner that makes him approachable yet reliable. Based in Wellington but frequently found in all corners of the country, James has his finger on the pulse of central and local government, providing valuable insights for our membership and acting as the conduit between our members and the country's movers, shakers and policy makers.

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