Wellington’s new council – what does it mean for housing and planning?
With a new Wellington city council now in place, it’s time to examine the views of our new councillors on urban form, housing and a liveable city.
During the election, the excellent website Policy.nz asked candidates around the country to submit their policies and priorities under a range of headings, including ‘housing and planning’. Using this, LIVE WELLington has extracted the policies of our new Wellington City councillors. This summary table is available here, and our analysis follows.
10 reasons to support character
So much has changed since the Wellington City Council voted in June 2021 to strip demolition protection from more than two-thirds of the city's character areas.
LIVE WELLington argues it's time for a re-think, and to strike a better balance. We provided this letter to Wellington councillors, in the lead up to the notification of the proposed District Plan on 23 June 2022.
Wellingtonians support retention of more character areas
A survey of Wellingtonians has found that while there is support for increasing density in the inner city suburbs, it must be done with care, and there is considerable unease about the Wellington City Council’s plans to remove protections for pre-1930s houses in the inner city suburbs.
Council report shows no need for radical planning changes in inner city Wellington
The latest official assessment of Wellington’s housing needs shows sufficient capacity in Wellington’s inner city suburbs to meet future growth for the next 30 years, meaning the drive by the council to decimate inner city character areas is unwarranted and must be abandoned now, says LIVE WELLington.
Why letting the market loose will not deliver housing affordability
Will letting developers loose on our inner city suburbs deliver us from the evil of ever-escalating house prices?
Phil Kelliher explains the issues in this blog for LIVE WELLington.
Density done well discussion attracts numbers
An audience of around 90 people turned up to hear a panel discussion on urban design and density done well, at St Peter’s Church on 5 May 2022, organised by LIVE WELLington and Inner City Wellington.
Championing Liveable Wellington
Wellington needs robust people-centric design and thoughtful planning to remain a liveable and attractive city, says LIVE WELLington, a new group set up to champion Wellington as a liveable city for all.
Housing, climate change, earthquake resilience and ageing infrastructures are among the many challenges we face, says spokesperson Jane O'Loughlin. “This needs joined-up thinking to prepare for the future while protecting what we love about Wellington.”
Pop goes the high rise?
Get ready to have your say on the first draft of the new Wellington District Plan by December 14th. The District Plan is the rule book for land use and determines what needs a resource consent so it's vital we all speak up for a liveable Wellington for all.
Submissions have closed on the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill as of midnight on Tuesday 16th. This blunt one-size-fits-all Bill allows three storey buildings on any residential site, without regard to the landscape or effects on sunlight or amenity. Everyone deserves a warm, dry, affordable home in a thriving community. This includes people in existing homes.