Draft Waterfront Development Plan

3 May 2010

From today, you have a month to check out our plans for the waterfront and tell us what you think.

'Into the Blue' by Maria (17 yrs) - entry in Youthspective competition

'Into the Blue' by Maria (17 yrs) - entry in Youthspective competition

The 2010/11 Waterfront Development Plan outlines what we plan to do in the coming year. This plan, put together by the Council and our development agency Wellington Waterfront Ltd, goes out for consultation each year.

"Once public feedback is received, we'll take the submissions to Councillors so they can make fully informed decisions on the proposals," says the Council's Waterfront Portfolio Manager, Ian Clements.

Proposals include investigating two temporary uses on the waterfront. These are proposed because a lot of permanent developments for the waterfront have been put on hold until the economic climate improves.

One temporary use is an ice-skating rink. The other is tent-like structure that would shelter the Harbourside Market and other activities beside Waitangi Park.

Other developments in the planning phase include a Chinese Garden at Frank Kitts Park. The Wellington Chinese Garden Society is also working on this, and progress depends on their fundraising programme. Once a decision is made, we'll start redeveloping the rest of the park.

We also want to review the feasibility of a few permanent buildings next to Waitangi Park. Five years ago, we held an international architecture competition for leading-edge concept designs for the Waitangi area of the waterfront. The four winning building concepts need to be analysed further.

The draft plan also details some work that's already under way. You may have noticed a building site next to the Frank Kitts Lagoon - that's where the Wharewaka is being built. It will display significant waka to the public and act as a multi-purpose meeting space. There are also plans for the Wharewaka to be used during Rugby World Cup 2011.

The area surrounding the Wharewaka - Taranaki Street Wharf - will be landscaped. That work is expected to start in July. The construction of the Kumutoto 'artwork' public toilets is also due to start this winter.

Ian says all of these plans result from the Wellington Waterfront Framework established 10 years ago.

"These development plans are annual updates on the framework's progress," he says. "They keep the public and Councillors up to date with everything that's being planned and also ask for feedback."

The detailed plan and summary documents, including submission forms, are available from the Wellington City Council Service Centre, 101 Wakefield Street, libraries and the Public Input section of this website where you can also make a submission. You have until 5.00pm Wednesday 2 June to tell us what you think.