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Hoake tāua ki tua: Ōtūmoetai 2050

Take me to the future: Ōtūmoetai 2050

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We have been working with the community to help us create a plan for this special part of the city.

Following more than 2000 pieces of feedback, council has now adopted the Ōtūmoetai Spatial Plan, Te Mahere Takiwā mō Ōtūmoetai 2023 – 2050. This plan will guide future development on the peninsula and identifies projects that will support community wellbeing between now and 2050.

The outcomes, directions and actions identified in the plan are informed by three ‘pou’ prepared in partnership with mana whenua, which are the key values that recognise the past, present and future of the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula.

You can find the plan below.

Ōtūmoetai Spatial Plan (18mb pdf)


Around 19% of the city’s population already call the suburbs of Ōtūmoetai, Bureta, Cherrywood, Matua, Brookfield, Bellevue and Judea home.

The area’s central location and proximity to the harbour/estuary, green spaces, and commercial/retail centres make it an attractive place to live and we expect that people will continue to move here.

This plan provides a framework to make sure we protect the things people love about living in the area and that the community is supported by the right infrastructure – whether that’s pipes in the ground, ways of getting around, enough homes, and access to jobs, schools and other community facilities, now and into the future.

Map of Otumoetai Peninsula

Ōtūmoetai Peninsula map (569kb pdf)

What you told us about how the future should look

For stage 1 we asked people what they liked about their community and what they wanted to see changed in the future. This is what we heard:

  • neighbourhoods need to be well connected to other neighbourhoods and also connect to other centres outside of the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula
  • commercial/retail centres should be accessible for everyone, pedestrian friendly and safe to use
  • walking and cycling routes need to be made safer
  • public transport should be more efficient and frequent with appropriate infrastructure, such as sheltered bus stops, provided to support and encourage the uptake of public transport
  • public amenities should be provided to meet the needs of the community and parks upgraded to make them more useable and enjoyable, including a greater variety of activities such as skate parks, climbing walls, and water parks
  • accessibility needs to be incorporated into planning for commercial areas, public transport, walkways/cycleways, community amenities and for general safety  
  • as Ōtūmoetai Peninsula is the location of intensive pre-European and early contact settlement, known historic sites and archaeological discoveries, as a result of development need to be understood, with appropriate protocols observed and authorities obtained
  • higher density residential development should occur around the commercial/retail centres because they are close to transport routes and are more accessible 
  • to support intensification over the next 30 years, this area will require a coordinated approach to infrastructure in order for council to achieve its growth targets.

For stage 2 we asked for feedback on 60 projects on the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula that will contribute to creating Unique, Liveable, Connected and Healthy Neighbourhoods.

  • There is general support for housing intensification across the peninsula, with the greatest support in the Brookfield centre. There is acknowledgement that this would require improved access for all ages and abilities to greenspaces, walking and cycling networks and increased public transport options to cater for this growth.
  • There is strong support for the Matua, Brookfield and Cherrywood commercial/retail centres to grow over time, with more retail, food and commercial options in all three locations.
  • General support for all projects that seek to improve access to shops, amenities, and open space. Respondents said traffic calming measures, pedestrian crossing improvements and intersection safety improvements will be needed to achieve project outcomes.
  • There is general support for all walking and cycling improvement projects, particularly for upgrading the waterfront path between Fergusson and Kulim Parks and include widening it to a consistent width for walking and cycling.
  • General support for all bus facility and access projects. Respondents said buses should be more frequent, and routes should cover a greater area. Some concerns also raised about the affordability of using the bus.
  • There is general support for projects relating to placemaking, particularly in the Brookfield commercial/retail centre and also along Ōtūmoetai Road. 
  • General support for projects related to improving the quality of open space and particularly giving consideration to new seating in existing public places and reserves.  There were also suggestions for the development of a pump track, fitness station or basketball court in areas such as Carlton Reserve and Lees Park.  
  • General support for projects seeking to improve existing off-road paths for multipurpose use including movement, biodiversity, and water quality.  
  • General support for projects looking to improve and upgrade community facilities.

For more detail, the Engagement Summary report provides information about what you told us and how we engaged with the community, mana whenua and stakeholders.

Engagement Summary report (370kb pdf) 

Our plan for the future - Key outcomes

Liveable neighbourhoods

We want to support ‘liveable’ neighbourhoods which enable more residents to live close to the places that meet their daily needs, such as shopping centres, by providing for a greater range of quality housing types such as town houses and apartment buildings.

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Healthy neighbourhoods

We want to create ‘healthy’ neighbourhoods that support healthy communities. by making it easy for people to use our parks, public spaces and community facilities, in a natural environment we actively manage, with care taken to preserve our biodiversity and water quality.

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Connected neighbourhoods

We want to increase the connection between neighbourhoods and to provide options for people to get around more easily, with safer options for walking, cycling and taking public transport.

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Unique neighbourhoods

We want to create community pride by drawing attention to what makes each area unique, such as the stories of its people - its culture and history.

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Note: some feedback we received was too detailed for this future plan. (For example. the location of pedestrian crossings and sheltered bus stops). However, we have shared this feedback with other internal council teams so that it might help inform future projects. Some feedback received sits outside the control of council, particularly in relation to privately owned land. For example, the creation of more cafés in the commercial/centres, however we will continue to work with landowners and improve the public spaces around the commercial/retail centres to make it more appealing for private investment.

A need for more housing

The spatial plan supports and aligns with current proposed changes to the City Plan, which align with a government direction to provide for more housing. Amendments include allowing higher building heights and densities around commercial centres and also up to three dwellings of up to three storeys on most sections in residential zones, without needing to obtain a resource consent.

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  • Have your say: tell us what you value and wish to see in the future for Ōtūmoetai

    21 March - end April 2022
  • Workshop with stakeholders and technical experts

    May 2022
  • Draft plan shared with stakeholders, mana whenua and the community for feedback

    June 2022
  • Ōtūmoetai Spatial Plan finalised and shared with the community plan activated through future specific projects

    May 2023

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