To make good plans for a city you need to know what's possible. We've pulled together some of the best of what's happening here and overseas, so when looking at the scenarios, you can imagine what's possible for us.
You can also see the Our City Tomorrow Speaker Series that was held in March 2019 if you are interested in hearing more.
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In this section we will take you through each of the Our City Tomorrow goals and show you a few examples of what we could potentially bring to Wellington to achieve these goals.
We've heard that people like living close to the heart of the city, and say healthy and quality housing design is what’s needed for future development. We also need to consider a mix of apartment living and higher density in existing suburbs.
- Example of Medium Density Housing in the Lower Hutt - Fairfield Waters Apartments
- Example of Terraced housing in the surburbs - See why Sydneysiders prefer terraced houses in the suburbs over high-rises in the city.
- Affordable housing initiatives - Prefab NZ is making building more affordable
Inclusive + Connected
People like streets made for walking and cycling, with lots of public spaces. As we grow we need to think about how we create communities within the CBD and beyond. Do we want to go so far as taking cars out of the central city and incorporating universal design into our public spaces?
Let's Get Wellington Moving and the Cycleways Projects aim to improve our city's transport system, reduce congestion and reduce carbon emissions. There are other examples nearby and overseas that support inclusive and connected lifestyles.
- Example of apartments in Newtown - Do you know about the Regent Park Apartments in Newtown?
- Example of courtyard housing in Berlin - Do you think courtyard housing like this could work for us?
People want streams and wetlands in the city, more green spaces and trees, and buildings with design features like green roofs. We are lucky to have beautiful hills, trails, beaches and water framing our city where we can be close to nature.
As a city we are doing good things to protect the natural environment. Being green involves protecting special ecological areas, planting trees, and creating open spaces for people to enjoy. Planning for less cars on the road to lower our carbon emissions and working to be a zero carbon capital is all part of the plan.
Here are some other ideas to help us be green.
- Living Roofs - See what Living Roofs is doing to promote green roofs in New Zealand or check out this example in Auckland.
- Sustainable apartments - Want to see an example of what apartments could look like in a water sensitive city? Check out these apartments in Auckland that were designed with a commitment to sustainability in mind.
- Driverless cars - Have you ever thought about how driverless cars could reshape our city?
- A Zero Carbon Future - The Council is also reviewing the Low Carbon Capital Plan, and aiming to be a Zero Carbon Capital.
We know our city is vulnerable to natural hazards, earthquakes and sea level rise. This gets us thinking about the future development of areas that are at most risk and how we can best prepare for these types of events.
People need open spaces and places to come together, to care for each other when emergencies happen. Being resilient is about having a strong community around us, a good sustainable food supply as well as a safe place to be, and a plan for recovering.
In the Our City Tomorrow consultation we heard that we should plan in a way that avoids putting people at risk, and ensures a good supply of food and water throughout the city. We want to make sure as a city we are able to take care of our people.
Vibrant + Prosperous
Our city is already creative and colourful, and we have a chance to make our city even more exciting with new people, of different ages and stages, living at its heart. We are full of innovation and proudly support our art, and artisan start-ups.
All of these things support the City's economy - from the CBD through to our suburban centres. This keeps us globally competitive and its important that we balance sustainable economic growth with maintaining our special Wellington 'vibe'.
We've heard that the best thing about this city is the people and that we should maintain our unique character, to do this we must plan and consider how we can create places for people while promoting and encouraging our vibrant economy.
Interested in hearing more?
In March 2019 we hosted Our City Tomorrow: The Speaker Series to kick off engagement for the Planning for Growth Project. The series consisted of three sessions where we heard from the Mayor and the experts on everything from the hopes of our young people, to how Artifical Intelligence (AI) is transforming the way we live, to living carbon neutral, to bringing nature to the city.