This is about how and where we want to grow our city, while protecting its history, character and values of Ngāti Toa Rangātira; our mana whenua o Porirua.
As the city grows we need to reconsider what type of housing we need, how we help make our city safer, where our new houses go and how we ease the pressure on our roads and our network of water and sewage pipes.
It's also about getting the zoning right for our business and residential needs across the city.
Where and when development can occur and how our environment is cared for is affected by the state of our roads and our network of water and sewage pipes. We need to plan so that future development does not put undue pressure on this infrastructure, that we have infrastructure in place for new growth and that it meets the standards set by Greater Wellington Regional Council and iwi.
We are considering new rules that will:
It’s important that people feel safe in our city centre and local neighbourhoods. We can help achieve this by encouraging good urban design, allowing for a mix of commercial and residential growth in the city centre and villages, and supporting a more pedestrian friendly city.
We are proposing to create urban design guidelines to so that new development helps to minimise opportunities for crime and anti-social activity by:
As Porirua grows and our population becomes more diverse there is an increasing demand for a greater variety of housing styles. We want to provide for this demand while respecting neighbourhood character and being mindful of natural hazards.
We are proposing to create greater housing choice and affordability within the District Plan, while protecting neighbourhood character by:
Earthworks are a necessary part of development. We want to make sure earthworks are designed and managed to protect the local environment, visual impact on residents as well as our harbour’s health.
We are proposing to introduce rules that:
Signs help to identify places and provide information; however they need to be in the right place, well-designed, and suitable for road and pedestrian traffic.
To achieve this we are proposing to:
We need to plan for our changing environment, such as new developments that may spring up close to new transport networks, and create more flexibility for some activities.
We are proposing some minor changes to the District Plan to:
Porirua has many archaeological sites relating to early Māori occupation and European settlement. It’s important we protect our heritage buildings, sites and items of significance from inappropriate development. Ngāti Toa is mana whenua of Porirua and as a result there are a number of sites of significant cultural value that need to be protected, preserved and improved in order to retain the historical value.
We are considering some minor changes such as: