Our plan reflects our commitment and passion for making Lower Hutt a vibrant, prosperous place to live and do business in.
Strong financial management is allowing us to invest where it’s needed – in recreation and community facilities, projects that improve the city’s resilience and incentives for developers to encourage growth. To keep the momentum going, Council has also adopted a new financial strategy that strikes a balance between economic growth and affordability.
Our community has again strongly endorsed the direction we have set for the city, with over 1200 submissions received and almost 71 per cent agreement with Council continuing to invest in rejuvenation and infrastructure projects.
Download the Annual Plan 2017-2018 (PDF, 260KB)
Or you can view the full consultation results (PDF, 44MB) and the submissions received
The largest project approved in this year’s budget is the commitment of an additional $39 million to the RiverLink project over the next fifteen years. RiverLink is a joint venture between Greater Wellington Regional Council, New Zealand Transport Agency and Hutt City Council to deliver better flood protection, lifestyle and transport links for the people of Lower Hutt. Council’s part of the project includes the development of a riverside promenade on the Hutt River to enable better connection between the CBD and Hutt River. This will also include a new pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Melling Station to the CBD.
This joint initiative is a once in a lifetime opportunity to significantly reduce the impact of flooding on the CBD and areas further south. The project will also be a catalyst to allow the CBD to grow with increased development of commercial and residential space in the city centre.
You can keep up to date on the progress of this project.
Development incentives and remissions
Council committed to extend development incentives and remission policies to include rates remissions for qualifying redevelopments of the Wainuiomata Mall and Naenae Shopping Centre, and expanded qualifying activities to include restaurant/café/bar activity to encourage more hospitality venues to establish in the Lower Hutt CBD.
Read more about the policies
Other projects approved
We’ll continue to build on the success of recent projects across Lower Hutt, by providing top-class recreation, cultural and community facilities. Significant projects we’ve committed to include:
- Refurbishing Petone Wharf and shortening the outer head of the 390 metre structure by approximately 50 metres, fully refurbishing the Rona Bay and Days Bay wharves and removing Point Howard Wharf. This $7.3 million project will commence in 2017 and is expected to conclude in 2020.
- Funding was committed to the development of two new community hubs, following on from the model adopted at the Walter Nash Centre in Taita, and the Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub that will open in 2017. Community hubs are proposed for Naenae (an additional $4 million on top of the $4 million already allocated), and Wainuiomata ($7 million).
- Additional funding was approved for infrastructure work at Petone Library ($1.5 million in 2021/22), Naenae Pool ($2 million in 2021/22), the Dowse Art Museum ($650,000 in 2018/19) and the Hutt Recreation Ground ($700,000 from 2023-2027).
- An additional $3.7 million has been added to the Lower Hutt Events Centre budget in the 2017/18 year.
- Sportsville projects proposed for Wainuiomata and Petone are a partnership initiative to bring multiple sports clubs into one location, to reduce operating costs and share resource between clubs. Budgets of $300,000 have been approved for the 2017/18 year to allow further progression of design and business case analysis for each site. Almost $4.5 million had been budgeted for Wainuiomata for work from 2018-2020 and $7.1 million for Petone from 2023-2025.
All of Council’s work ties back to our integrated vision and the four key strategies that underpin this. Check out what Council has achieved so far