Part B: Our work in detail

6 Urban development
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Our work in this strategic area includes enhancing the CBD public space, making improvements to the waterfront and suburban centres, developing public spaces such as urban parks and squares, looking after heritage in the city, assessing and issuing building and resource consents, ensuring earthquake-prone buildings are strengthened, and planning for the city’s future development.

The significant growth expected in Wellington over the next 30 years creates some challenges. We’re aiming to respond to those challenges in ways that ensure the city keeps its special character and enhances the liveability of the CBD and suburbs, while also enhancing the city’s resilience.

We fund these activities because they:

Urban development
Image Capital spend
2017/18
Operating spend
2017/18
How operating
costs are funded
Rates value
per $100

20.8

$ million

29.3

$ million

Bar graph showing $12.9m Other and $16.3m rates Pie graph showing $5.5

Key objectives, activities and focus for 2016–19

Urban development graph showing objectives

New for 2017/18 and key projectsTop

    2017/18 cost
New for 2017/18
  • Develop a one-stop consent shop: The delivery of the Council’s land use, land development, consenting, food, entertainment, and beverage regulatory processes can be complex to navigate – particularly when a customer needs a number of consents from different areas of the Council. To make this easier, in the coming year the Council will progressively introduce a streamlined case management approach for services where the customer will only need to supply one application per project to a single case manager. Benefits to the customer include more efficient consenting, having a single point of contact, and faster processing times, as well as greater certainty and fewer surprises before significant investment is made.
  No additional cost in 2017/18
  • Smart Building Sensors: With the recent Kaikoura earthquake it became apparent there was a need to invest in smart technology to enhance our knowledge about the status of Wellington buildings. We will develop a business case for deploying sensors into buildings in partnership with GNS Science, the Earthquake Commission and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to increase our knowledge of how buildings perform during an earthquake. The investment and deployment of sensors would enable us to make instant decisions about the safety and suitability of some of our larger building assists, inform which buildings should be prioritised for inspection/upgrade, what upgrade work is required and allow for earlier occupation into buildings post-disaster. We expect the business case to be completed in 2017 and that will inform investment decisions as part of the Long-term Plan 2018–28 (LTP).
  No additional cost in 2017/18. Funding to be considered in 2018 LTP
  • Resilience Assessment for 500 homes: In 2017 we will develop a business case to investigate how the city can improve the resilience of new and existing houses in Wellington. Research shows that removing brick chimneys and securing subfloor structures to foundations increases residential resilience. This business case will support the development of a programme of work and support to make the city’s homes more resilient.
  No additional cost in 2017/18. Funding to be considered in 2018 LTP
  • Rates remission for first-home builds: The rise of house prices and rents in Wellington has made housing affordability an issue. The Council is addressing this directly through increasing Council housing, more efficient consenting of new house builds, improving housing sector co-ordination with the establishment of a specialised housing task force, and introducing special housing areas. The Council wants to provide more support to first-home/apartment builders, and will offer a rates remission up to a maximum of $5000 on new residential apartments/dwellings in Wellington City boundaries that are on a separate rating unit and where construction is completed after 1 July 2017.
  Additional $200k per year
  • Town Hall Earthquake Strengthening: The earthquake strengthening of the Town Hall has created an opportunity for Wellington to consider how it uses Civic Square. Since 2014, Wellington City Council, Victoria University and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) have been investigating the feasibility of creating a ‘music hub’ operating across the Town Hall, adjacent Municipal Office Building and the Michael Fowler Centre. This has strong community support and planning and design will continue through 2017/18.
  Total costs is $89.9m. (There is no rates impact in the 2017/18 year – this is expected from 2020/21 onwards)

How we measure our performanceTop

Objectives What we measure Activities
  • Smart growth/urban containment
  • Resilience
  • Heritage & character protection
The quality of our urban planning, heritage protection and development work (seven measures with targets) 6.1.1 Urban planning and policy development
6.1.2 City Shaper development
6.1.3 Public spaces and centres development
6.1.4 Built heritage development
Timeliness of our building and development control services (two measures with targets) 6.2.1 Urban planning and policy development
6.2.2 City Shaper development
6.2.3 Public spaces and centres development
6.2.4 Built heritage development
The quality of our building and development control services (one measure with target)
The progress on earthquake risk mitigation (one measure with target)

For details of individual performance measures and targets for each activity see the appendices.

Activity budgets (cost of service statements)Top

6.1 URBAN PLANNING, HERITAGE AND PUBLIC SPACES DEVELOPMENT 2016/17
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
2017/18
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
Operating expenditure ($000) ($000)
6.1.1 - Urban planning and policy 2,094 1,936
6.1.2 - Waterfront development 1,326 1,564
6.1.3 - Public spaces and centres development 2,224 2,408
6.1.4 - Built heritage development 1,998 1,745
Total operating expenditure 7,642 7,653
     
Capital expenditure ($000) ($000)
6.1.1 - Urban planning and policy - -
6.1.2 - Waterfront development 6,390 2,044
6.1.3 - Public spaces and centres development 4,162 1,358
6.1.4 - Built heritage development - -
Total capital expenditure 10,553 3,401
6.2 BUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT CONTROL 2016/17
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
2017/18
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
Operating expenditure ($000) ($000)
6.2.1 - Building control and facilitation 13,624 14,049
6.2.2 - Development control and facilitation 5,971 6,213
6.2.3 - Earthquake risk mitigation - built environment 1,056 1,389
Total operating expenditure 20,650 21,651
     
Capital expenditure ($000) ($000)
6.2.1 - Building control and facilitation - -
6.2.2 - Development control and facilitation - -
6.2.3 - Earthquake risk mitigation - built environment 3,041 17,372
Total capital expenditure 3,041 17,372