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Have your say on a new northern community

With 80,000 more people expected to be living in Wellington by 2043, more homes are urgently needed. The Council wants public feedback on a future northern community in one of the last remaining areas of the region identified for new housing.

The Wellington City Council is calling for public feedback on a plan for a future community in Upper Stebbings Valley and Glenside West.

It wants hear thoughts on what people value as part of their current communities, and how that can work for a new community, to help determine the future of this new area.

The Council is already considering how to house more people in the central city. Now it is considering how to create more homes in other areas, including this proposed new community to the north of the region.

Upper Stebbings Valley and Glenside West is located between Churton Park and Tawa, and is one of the last remaining areas of Wellington identified for new housing.

As shown on the map, the area of Upper Stebbings Valley, Marshall Ridge and the western hills of Glenside covers about 260 hectares of land, zoned as rural in the District Plan, and is mostly open farmland or pine tree plantations.

The Council is considering how a new community will affect surrounding areas, and is gathering background information on cultural values, local history, the landscape, the impact on existing transport infrastructure and local ecology,

It plans to bring together people and organisations with an interest in the project to help with early planning, and create a vision and design principles for future development.

Interested citizens can contribute to the Upper Stebbings Valley Plan by completing the survey, here:

The Council will come up with options for how the area could change in October and November for a draft plan in December that will include details of transport, housing density, parks and reserves, water management and resilience.

Councillors will consider the plan in early 2019.

More information on the project is here.