On 12 September 2022, Property Council submitted on the Wellington City Proposed District Plan.
Why this matters to our members
Property Council advocates for the creation and retention of a well-designed, functional and sustainable built environment. These policies will shape the future built environment of Wellington for generations, influencing outcomes across the entire property sector eco-system.
While Property Council supported the majority of the proposals, we made several recommendations, namely:
- Amend the walkable catchment in the City Centre zone to a 15-minute walk (i.e., 1200 metres);
- Specify the starting point for the City Centre walkable catchment zone as it is currently unclear;
- Increase the wind test requirements (i.e. to 22 metres) to allow for a buffer to the newly proposed minimum building heights and residential maximum heights;
- Include the natural hazard overlays (i.e. flooding, fault rapture, tsunami and coastal) on the Council’s LIM reports;
- Introduce incentives for large developments that can demonstrate a City Outcomes Contribution (such as priority consenting); and
- Amend the proposed District Plan to incorporate a whole-of-system approach to the reduction of emissions by considering a place for private vehicles (such as EVs), freight and transport movement strategies and encouraging sustainable building designs.