We received 71 submissions from individuals and organisations in the Newlands community. They included:
- 67 submissions from people in the Newlands community using the feedback forms
- 4 submissions from organisations (Newlands Medical Centre & Newlands Medical Investments; Public Health Association of NZ; the Architectural Centre; Victoria University School of Architecture).
Common themes highlight what submitters consider important in Newlands:
- Generally people agree that increased housing choice and supply is necessary, and many consider Newlands suitable for medium-density housing. However, the impact on the local road network and public transport is a concern.
- Where specified, the most accepted locations for medium-density housing are around the town centre and areas with good public transport connections.
- Submitters were concerned that new housing could compromise Newlands’ family-home character.
- Many submitters raised concerns about the impact of medium-density housing on the road network and public transport efficiency.
- Design standards for medium-density housing are important – such as setbacks, heights, open space, access to sunlight, and noise controls.
- Two storeys is generally the preferred height.
- High-quality design and materials are necessary to ensure new housing fits the local context.
- MDH developments should provide off-street car parking.
- Design standards should be the same as, or no less stringent, than the existing standards.
Responses to the questions
Q. Where should medium-density housing development happen in your suburb?
The main reason for opposing MDH is existing peak-time traffic congestion and a perceived loss of the family focus in the suburb. Submitters generally support medium-density housing within 5-10 minutes of the Newlands shopping centre or public transport.
- 20% support medium-density housing within 5 minutes walk from the Newlands town centre.
- 20% support medium-density housing within 10 minutes walk from the town centre.
- 13% support medium-density housing near public transport.
- 4% believe medium-density housing should be beyond the town centre, in areas such as Woodridge and Paparangi.
- 43% do not support medium-density housing in Newlands because they are concerned about traffic congestion and public transport. Another concern was losing Newlands’ family character.
- 9% do not support medium-density housing generally or in Newlands, but didn’t give a reason why they don’t support it in Newlands, nor did they say where they don’t want it to go.
Q. What standards should we have to manage the design of medium-density housing?
- Two storeys is a generally-accepted building height.
- Privacy, sunlight access and noise restrictions are important.
- Setbacks, site coverage and insulation are necessary design standards.
- Medium-density housing needs to be high-quality design and materials.
- New housing should respect Newlands’ existing character and scale of established homes.
- MDH developments should be landscaped and have open space.
- 44% see setbacks, site coverage, sunlight access, privacy, noise and height as essential design standards.
- 24% specifically want to limit height to two storeys.
- 35% recommend the housing has access to outdoor private, green or garden spaces.
- 20% want design quality and types of materials in the design standards.
- 12% support building above two storeys, with most of those preferring a maximum of three storeys.
- 8% suggest using the existing rules and standards for medium-density housing.
- 17% want parking controls for new developments; a common theme is to provide off-street parking.
- 8% want environmentally-friendly housing design standards.