What you told us about how the future should look
Based on your feedback, we have identified a number of key themes, which we have summarised below.
For stage two 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 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 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
We will share our plan at the end of the year with you that will include a list of projects we think will make the biggest difference in response to the matters people have raised, as well as other important projects for the area.
The maps: Creating neighbourhoods
We want to create liveable neighbourhoods that allow us to live close to the places that meet our daily needs such as commercial/retail centres.
Projects to create more liveable neighbourhoods include:
- Providing opportunity for more houses to be built within walking distance of commercial/retail centres and public transport to increase housing choice and allow more people to travel easily to where they want to go
- Supporting thriving commercial/retail centres in Cherrywood, Matua, Brookfield and Bureta
We want to create connected neighbourhoods that provide options for how we move around and get to where we want to go.
Projects to create more connected neighbourhoods include:
- Improving bus facilities and access to buses
- Connecting existing off-road paths
- Improving access to shops and amenities, including open space
- Improving safety of walking and cycling routes
We want to create healthy neighbourhoods that support healthy communities. By this we mean that people can be active, use the spaces around them and interact with others.
Healthy neighbourhoods require a healthy environment that is cared for by everyone and are designed in a way that maximises access to the natural environment, and increases biodiversity, as well as water and air quality.
Projects to create healthy neighbourhoods include:
- Restoration and enhancement of the natural environment and biodiversity
- Improvements to quality of open spaces
- Improvements to stormwater reserves for multi-purpose use including movement, biodiversity and water quality
- Improving and upgrading community facilities and amenities
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.
Select the tile headings below to view the interactive maps/projects. Note the projects are now closed for comment.