Spatial planning was one of the areas of focus that the Commission and the Wellington Mayoral Forum agreed should be investigated after the reorganisation process was restarted in June 2015.
Councils’ had a full range of views on the value of spatial planning in metropolitan Wellington (that is the predominantly urban area west of the Rimutaka Range).
The Commission has decided to proceed with an analysis of the 23 existing spatial plans and strategies. This analysis will assess any gaps, overlaps and inefficiencies before the Commission considers whether spatial planning should be a feature of local government arrangements in the region.
The analysis will also seek a wider range of perspectives such as those of central government, iwi, and other groups with an interest in urban development.
You can read the full Strengthening the Wellington region – progress update:
This report provides a high level overview of the advantages and disadvantages that a spatial plan could have for the Wellington region, and the challenges and opportunities for developing one. It also identifies and examines a range of options for preparing and implementing a Wellington metropolitan spatial plan.