The Porirua Growth Strategy is the guiding framework for our City. One of its principles seeks to develop a quality, increasingly compact urban form to accommodate growth, while ensuring improved environmental outcomes.
We are seeing an increase in the number of resource consents for semi-detached housing and townhouses, which reflects the increased demand for this type of housing in Porirua.
We are also responding to central government requirements to allow for more housing and different types of housing to meet demand.
What? - Density done well
To respond to community feedback for greater housing choice and a more compact urban form, we are proposing that we rezone some areas in Porirua to medium density residential. This could mean:
Key changes to achieve the above could include:
Illustration courtesy of Dave Compton-Moen - DCM Urban
While we want to provide for this demand we also want to ensure that development respects the character of a neighbourhood.
We propose to proactively manage denser development through the use of design guides and development rules to make sure that future development respects existing character and neighbourhood amenity.
One of the key mechanisms to do this is by managing recession planes. These help protect existing houses in the same zone from loss of sunlight and overshadowing. They also reduce the bulk and massing of a building as seen from an adjacent property.
- Transport, schools, parks
A variety of factors were considered when looking at proposed locations. Key amongst them was the proximity to the city centre or a local centre, which provides access to shops and other amenities as well as access to public transport and community facilities such as schools, parks and libraries. We also considered natural hazards and the need to avoid high-risk locations to ensure that new development doesn’t increase community vulnerability.
A mapping analysis to identify potential locations and boundaries for Medium Density Residential Zones.
An assessment and identification of the characteristics and qualities of the different suburbs and settlements in Porirua.
A review and analysis of existing development controls in the operative district plan, such as building height limits, and recommendations for amendments to those controls.
This will provide guidance to developers and the community for the development of multi-unit housing to ensure high quality outcomes, and will be used when resource consents for multi-unit housing are processed. It contains a number of objectives (outcomes) sought for mulit-unit housing developments, and guidance on how to achieve the desired outcomes.
This will provide guidance to developers and the community for the development of apartment buildings to ensure high quality outcomes, and will be used when resource consents for apartments are processed. It contains a number of objectives (outcomes) sought for apartment developments, and guidance on how to achieve the desired outcomes.