We’re continuing to work with the community to accommodate future housing needs. Based on earlier feedback, we drafted a District Plan Change that proposes:
The draft District Plan Change will enable more houses to be built and changes to the building design standards and design guides will ensure new developments recognise the existing character of Newlands. The Draft Housing Choice Plan Change document includes all draft changes to policies, rules, and standards.
We developed this boundary based on a number of reports and your feedback from the 2015 consultation with the Newlands community. Based on your recent feedback and further investigations, we may make more changes to the draft boundary.
Building design standards are measurable standards such as building height limits, site coverage, setbacks and open space areas.
Number of household units
Two household units permitted. Three or more household units need resource consent
One household unit permitted. Two or more household units need resource consent
8m (two-storeys) or 4.5m-6m for an infill unit if the site is less than 800m²
8m (two-storeys), with scope through the resource consent process to build to 10.4m (three storeys) in places, eg along Newlands Road or near the town centre
Building recession planes
2.5m on the boundary, with a 45 degree incline on all boundaries
2.5m on the boundary, with a 56 degree incline on southern boundaries, or 63 degrees on northern boundaries
At least 25% of the site must have landscaped permeable surface
The lesser of 3m, or half the width of the road minus 10m
Ground level open space
50m² per unit
20m² per unit
One space per unit
One space per unit
We also propose changes to the Residential Design Guide, which is what we use to assess all multi-unit resource consents, to help make sure they are designed and built to a high quality. These changes were informed by a character assessment (8.2MB PDF).
Residential Design Guide changes will help:
These summary documents of the rationale for the boundary and the building design standards have more information on the issues we’ve considered.
Rather than propose a building height change, we believe more homes can be built by increasing site coverage and reducing how much open space is required for each unit. To help developments fit in well with the local surroundings we are proposing a minimum landscaped area.
For buildings within the MDRA, we encourage owners to consider house conversions for properties considered uneconomic to build additional houses on. Converting a large family home into two smaller units has less impact on a neighbourhood's look and feel.
In their report (1.8MB PDF) on economic supply and demand, Gray Partners identified that about 150–250 houses could be built in the draft Newlands MDRA. This equates to 5–10 extra homes a year over a 30-year planning period.
We expect that even with an MDRA in place, development will only happen gradually as opportunities come up. The suburb won’t change overnight.
If you have any questions or comments, you can:
The District Plan Team on 04 499 4444
Post:Freepost WCCDistrict Plan Team, Wellington City CouncilPO Box 2199Wellington 6140
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