Central City Development
The trust supports the development of a ‘structure plan’ before any changes to the district plan are made. The process and funding allocation to achieve this is therefore supported. The Trust has some concern that the
process may fail to provide the detailed direction for the City’s evolving relationship between public and private space, transport infrastructure, and patterns of settlement. While accepting the 10 year timeframe to the completion of the District Plan Review the Trust has some concern that transport planning may pre-empt opportunities to explore broader issues and opportunities in an integrated way.
In the Trust’s view transport planning and structure planning must evolve together if the District Plan is to give direction to well integrated development. While accepting the need for some urgency in sorting out the city’s transport woes, the Trust believes that transport solutions must not come at the expense of other urban values and opportunities.
In the trust’s view ’streamlined consenting processes’ should be a constant objective for council, (within the legal planning frameworks), regardless of the planning context. In the Trusts view streamlining consenting processes in special circumstances can lead to uncertainty and exclusion. The Trust does agree however that a structure plan can provide direction and certainty in the place of ambiguity and adversarial consenting processes.
14:14pm, 08 Jun 2018
We would like to commend Wellington City Council and its officers for the way in which they have undertaken consultation on the plan. The plan plays a critical part to support the growth and performance of both the city
and regional economy. We commend the council on the consultation undertaken, particularly the use of online channels to promote engagement. We appreciate effort involved from Council officers in preparing the documents. We also appreciate that, within the specific provisions for implementation of this plan and policies, the devil is truly in the detail.
10:23am, 18 May 2018
Planning can build on Wellington’s strengths – its highly skilled and talented people, its compact and outstandingly attractive physical environment, its reputation for quality events and creativity, its overall high quality of life, and its position as New Zealand’s capital.
Wellington was ranked sixth greenest city out of 100 cities worldwide as part of Arcadis’ Sustainable Cities Index 2016, and ranked 27th overall. The Australia and New Zealand Green City index by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2013 found Wellington performed well on CO2 emissions, energy consumption, waste generation and recycling, and air quality. But, it has high water consumption and leakage rates, ranks middling on environmental governance, and below average in transport and land use.
2. To maintain its advantages, Wellington city must first ensure it does the basics well, ie. all citizens have shelter, clean water, clean air and waste removal. We should be planning for continuous and sustainable improvements using existing assets, innovative approaches and new technologies, rather than an array of shiny new toys.
Key areas of focus
We note and agree with the five key areas of focus for the 10-year plan – transport, resilience, arts and culture, sustainable growth, and housing. However, we urge that the resilience area is expanded to cover ‘climate change and resilience’, and that a sixth area of ‘water’ is added. We do not agree that water should be a primary focus for the ‘resilience and environment’ priority, as this priority spans the entire Plan, not just water, and relates primarily to climate change and the environment more generally..
While developing resilience to the adverse effects of climate change is important, it must be accompanied by urgent actions to reduce the causes of climate change, otherwise, it is likely the adverse effects will only worsen. Reducing the causes is essential if New Zealand is to meet its commitments under the Paris agreement, and is also a key component of achieving the long-term community outcomes of Wellington city. Issues regarding the three waters and their infrastructure – potable, waste, and storm – is not something people get excited about until something goes wrong. However, the MVRA is concerned that insufficient investment is being made in these basic services, for example, to address Wellington’s high water consumption and leakage rates, occasional wastewater in stormwater, and flooding.
he MVRA agrees Wellington city should continue to participate in the joint Wellington Water project as this enables cohesive management and expertise in water supply, stormwater and wastewater across four local councils.
Despite the severity of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, the 2017 Wellington City Council Annual Report advises damage to our underground infrastructure network for water, waste water and stormwater was repaired relatively quickly. However, the city’s water supply network is susceptible to large scale failures should significant seismic events and other natural hazards occur, causing long-term outages. In addition, very little of the city’s water demand is met from water stored in bulk supply making the network vulnerable to peak demand spikes and climate conditions. We are also concerned to note in the 2011 Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan that 16% of consumption is unaccounted for.
The MVRA has been participating in the hearings on the Regional Council’s development of its Proposed Natural Resources Plan, most recently on water and stormwater provisions. We are concerned at wastewater contamination of stormwater, and note an officer’s report stated around 80% of the network is between 40 and 60 years old, and only 10% of the network meets Wellington City Council’s standards for flow capacity. We are pleased that some Mt Victoria waste water pipes are being replaced, and urge this project is extended to other neighbourhoods.
We are also concerned about increases in the quantity of stormwater from non-porous surfaces related to redevelopment of public spaces, such as council parks, and private properties.
From this brief overview, it is clear the Plan should be investing in a range of activities including the following:
• a public education programme on the merits of water conservation and actions to achieve it
• a public education programme on preparedness for the effects of an adverse event
• a programme to raise awareness about ways of reducing stormwater runoff through such measures as porous surfaces, tree-planting, and capture and storage of roofwater
• major investigations to identify where water leaks are occurring in the water supply, wastewater and stormwater networks
• a significant increase in investment on upgrading or replacing poorly functioning infrastructure for all three waters
• increased funding to maintain the network in good condition and to function well
• investigation of the feasibility of introducing grey-water recycling
• development of good coordination with other stakeholders, such as WREMO, on water supply resilience.
09:40am, 17 May 2018
We support the Council's plan to spend more on the priority areas: Resilience and the environment, housing, transport, sustainable growth, and arts and culture.
10:01am, 16 May 2018
I wish to appear at a meeting of the full council to make an oral submission with respect to this submission and accessibility within the Long-Term Plan
23:35pm, 15 May 2018
This is the second attachment to support our submission
23:04pm, 15 May 2018
I submitted my submission around 4pm today and forgot to attach two other documents. these are attached
22:59pm, 15 May 2018
The attached document is the updated submission for the Wellington Independent Arts Trust (WIAT), submitted earlier by Mark Amery. We ask that this more recent version (which includes changes from overseas Trustees) be be accepted and the former document disposed
of. Thank you very much
22:58pm, 15 May 2018
The city could be vastly improved with the removal of large portions of the street parling. The council is woried that this would be unpopular but thet could replace it with council run parking buildings.
22:26pm, 15 May 2018
I had difficulties with accessibility and format of the 10 year Plan documents although I appreciated the efforts (after my repeated requests). The attached document shows my comments made on the Plan draft itself. These are shown
in the attached edited copy in red.
In my view, central to preparing for Wellington's future is the need to raise awareness of, and action on, climate change and what that means in terms of sea level rise, extreme weather events and coastal erosion over the next 60 or so years.
Infrastructure investment planning needs to account for greater costs and pressures especially in coastal areas and with higher overall construction costs and pressures. The proposed Movie Museum and airport runway both represent significant risks in terms of high financial and environmental costs, with inflated estimates of their economic benefits. Both should be cancelled and funding steered towards more flexible entertainment intiatives and more sustainable transport options. Diversify rather than expand.
22:10pm, 15 May 2018
Thank you WCC for all your incredible work, vision and patience with a city of passionate and opinionated souls all giving us your feedback. You do a great job, and Wellington is a terrific city to live in. We are
grateful for your diligence and expertise. Thank for hearing us!
22:07pm, 15 May 2018
Make preparation now for future climate change and sealevel rise. Dont leave it to future generations.
21:52pm, 15 May 2018