How we move

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What’s it all about

This section looks at how Transmission Gully and its Porirua link roads will change the way people get around the city and the region and the potential impact it will have on where people want to live and do business in the city. 

At the same time, the proposed revocation of parts of State Highways 1 and 58 through our city back to local roads will impact on businesses and residents close to them. 

We need to approach transport and land use planning in an integrated way. As part of this, we need to plan for well-connected communities and improved transport options that support public transport, biking and walking.


The opening of Transmission Gully in 2020 is likely to change where some businesses want to locate and where our residents want to live. It is important that our zoning reflects these anticipated changes to market demand.  At the same time, the proposed revocation of parts of State Highways 1 and 58 back to local roads through our city will present opportunities to reimagine how these transport corridors best serve Porirua’s needs, while considering the impact on local communities.

We are proposing to:

  • review the zones around Transmission Gully and associated link roads to accommodate anticipated changes in land use demand and activities that will benefit from easy access to the transport network
  • investigate the opportunities presented by the proposed revocation of parts of State Highways 1 and 58 and how these road networks will best serve the community

Porirua was established during the heyday of private vehicle use and the local neighbourhood and transport network has been built to support that style of moving. We are focusing on a more balanced transport network using a range of travel modes that best serve the needs of residents, businesses and visitors. 

We are proposing changes that include:

  • reviewing minimum parking standards, particularly for city centre businesses
  • introducing requirements for charging points for electric vehicles, cycle parking and end of trip facilities to cater for more active transport modes
  • encouraging more homes and businesses around the key public transport networks
  • encouraging a range of transport options throughout the city
  • amending our roading classifications to be inline with the New Zealand Transport Agency's 

We want Porirua to grow and be a regionally connected city; where neighbourhoods are well linked to each other, the central city and to local transport networks.

It’s important our District Plan encourages the integration of transport and land use planning wherever possible by: 

  • encouraging master plans for efficient and safe movement in all large scale new developments
  • managing the location and design of future roading networks in new subdivisions
  • reviewing minimum standards for right of ways and private access routes
  • encouraging pedestrian movement in and around our central city
  • encouraging transport-reliant activities to be located near key transport routes.