We investigate whether our projects and services are working like they should, and whether the benefits justify the costs of our key projects. Our research helps planners and decision-makers understand the value of our investments and helps them compare different investment options.
A large part of our research involves consulting with specialists, and surveying our residents and ratepayers to find out more about their views and expectations.
We want to help people in Lower Hutt understand the work and thinking behind our key projects. You can read some of these reports on this page.
We use different research frameworks depending on the type of project.
Economic Impact Assessment (EIA)
This type of assessment examines the direct, indirect and flow-on effects of a project or service to the economy. This includes how a project will affect local GDP, employment and household income. EIAs are used mainly on projects that aim to rejuvenate the city, such as the Riverside Promenade project.
Social Return on Investment (SROI)
This is how we assess projects aimed at providing the community with better social services. We use this framework to assess services such as Libraries, Museums, Community Hubs and social and recreational programmes. SROI analyses how the people who use a service will be affected as well as the amenity value created by that service. In this way we can measure the holistic benefits of a service or programme.
Find out more about SROI analysis on the Social Value UK website.
Hedonic value estimation (value to the customer)
Housing and business market reports
We regularly monitor Lower Hutt’s housing and business market to inform planning for housing supply and the type needed. It helps ensure our local planning will enable development by providing enough room for housing and business over the next 10-30 years.
The monitoring reports include indicators for prices and rents, cost of land and the rate of development in the city.
Council is required to monitor the housing and business market indicators under the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity (NPS-UDC). The NPS-UDC came into effect on 1 December 2016, and it identifies Lower Hutt as a medium-growth area.
Housing and business market indicator reports
These reports use data from MBIE's Urban Development Capacity Dashboard.
Propose a project
If you're considering a large-scale project, business venture or community initiative and you want to work with Council - get in touch with us.
To work out what advice will be best for you visit our page on proposing a project to Council.