Proposed District Plan Change 43 includes:
- Introducing an activity area, or zone – Suburban Mixed Use Activity Area – that would allow up to three to four storey buildings with shops and cafes on the ground floor and offices or apartments above, and located in eight suburban areas with good access to transport, shopping, schools and parks
- A second activity area, next to the Suburban Mixed Use Activity Area, would allow for residential buildings, such as low-rise apartments and terraced houses, of up to three storeys, while restricting height closer to the rear and side boundaries to reduce shading effects
- A new medium density design guide to promote high-quality designs and address issues like shade and privacy and onsite storm water management
- Reducing barriers to develop infill subdivisions.
The key reasons for the plan change are to address a shortage of housing and provide the right housing types for a growing and changing population. Ensuring adequate housing now and into the future is also required under the Government’s National Policy Statement Urban Development Capacity 2016.
The proposed plan change was publicly notified for submissions in November 2017 through to March 2018, and attracted 263 submissions. Public hearings on the submissions were held in September this year.
Council will decide whether to accept or reject the proposed plan change at an extraordinary Council meeting on Monday 4 November at 5.30pm at Council Chambers, 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt.
The meeting agenda can be found at: https://bit.ly/2PAmqt9