Part D: Appendices

Appendix 1: The Mayor and Councillors’ 3-year work programme


Triennium Plan
2016–19



IntroductionTop

After the 2016 local authority elections, the Mayor and Councillors met with the Wellington community and Council stakeholders to identify goals and areas of focus for the next 3 years. The ideas generated at the Wellington Summit led to the Council’s 3-year work programme, which will help Wellington become a more resilient, smarter, people-focussed and sustainable city.

This 3-year work programme also supports the goals and focus areas in the Long-Term Plan 2015-25 (LTP) and will guide the update of the LTP in 2018.

Goal 1: More resilientTop

We want the city to be more resilient. We want people, communities, institutions and businesses to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. For the coming 3 years we have identified three focus areas:

Focus Area 1: Safer homes, locations and more robust infrastructure

What success looks like in 3 years

What we already deliver

We already undertake a range of activities to make buildings and infrastructure in the city more resilient. This work includes:

Note: For more information on our response to climate change and approach to “greening Wellington’s growth”, see Section 4 – More sustainable.

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

Unreinforced masonry

We will provide funding support of $1m in 2016/17 to strengthen unreinforced masonry, facades and parapets in public spaces in the city and along strategic routes. Central Government has also earmarked $2m for Wellington for this initiative.

The $1m of funding has been allocated from the Built Heritage Incentive Fund.

Prince of Wales Reservoir
Improved transport network

We will work with Central Government to explore opportunities to bring forward planned transport corridor improvements to enhance the resilience of the region’s transport network (e.g. P2G, Cross Valley Link, Let’s Get Wellington Moving, and Great Harbour Way).

This would essentially result in a re-phasing of existing NZTA and Council capital works. There could be a modest impact as part of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving programme in the next two years, but the majority of the impact is expected to be in 2019 and beyond.

More resilient homes
Water resilience plan
Smart Buildings

Focus Area 2: An economy ready to survive, adapt, and thrive

What success looks like in 3 years

What we already deliver

Our work to support economic development in the city is focussed on providing core infrastructure and support so businesses can grow and create jobs.

Recent events highlighted two important factors that could negatively impact on the city’s economic resilience and the Council’s ability to support businesses after an event.

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

Business continuity planning

Business intelligence

Focus Area 3: Connected and prepared communities

What success looks like in 3 years

What we already deliver

We already undertake a range of activities to help communities build resilience. This work includes:

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

Resilient communities
Adaptation

Goal 2: Smarter growthTop

We want smarter growth in the city. To achieve that we will work with the community and stakeholders to ensure the city develops and grows in ways that is inclusive and meets their aspirations, and two; we will invest to grow the overall economy and support the continued transition towards a thriving knowledge economy.

For the coming 3 years we have identified three focus areas:

Focus Area 1: Economic and job growth

What success looks like in 3 years

What we already deliver

We already undertake a range of activities to support economic and job growth in the city. This work includes:

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

One-stop-shop consenting

One of our core functions is to regulate land use and development. The process around the consenting can be complex – particularly when the client requires multiple consents from different areas of the Council. In 2017/18 we will introduce a case management approach to make the process easier from a customer perspective. This will be followed by introducing a Development Portal in the following year to coordinate consents for customers.

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)

BIDs involve a local business community within a defined geographical area developing projects and services that support local economic development. This is then funded through a targeted rate. BIDs – like the one established in Miramar – support the creation of vibrant suburban centres, and bring a community together.

We will work with other communities and support the development of BID areas where there is demonstrable potential and demand by the local community.

Alfresco dining fees

In 2017/18 we will review fees and charges (rather than the regulatory environment) and discount / remove alfresco dining fees.

Tech Hub expansion
Economic growth and diversification

Over the next 3 years we will work with WREDA to develop the capability for an increased number of start-ups, explore options to increase eco-tourism, strengthen tertiary to business links, position Wellington as a city laboratory where new services, products and ideas can be trialled.

We will also continue to work with WREDA to support commercialisation of research and develop a major firms’ attraction programme.

Movie Museum and Convention Centre

We will continue to work with stakeholders to deliver the Movie Museum and Convention Centre. This project will be funded through approved budgets.

Indoor arena

We will undertake a feasibility study for an indoor arena in the city to attract a broader range, and larger acts to the city.

Long haul connections

In 2017 the resource consent process of the runway extension project will be progressed, and we will continue work with Singapore Airlines to ensure the success of the route, and explore additional routes/airline opportunities.

Focus Area 2: Housing people

What success looks like in 3 years

What we already deliver

We already undertake range of activities to support housing development and providing housing to those in need. This work includes the following:

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

Rates remission

In 2017/18 the Council will introduce a rates remission scheme on new residential dwellings/apartments (on a separate rating unit) where construction is completed after 1 July 2017. The objective of this remission policy is to assist new first-home/apartment buyers and expand the supply of housing in Wellington City. The rates remission will be up to a maximum of $5000 (including GST).

Build Wellington

Funding and governance options for establishing Build Wellington to parcel land for development and expedite the delivery of more housing development in the city will be presented to the City Strategy Committee in 2017.

Social housing

The current focus is developing a strategic investment plan that seeks to contribute to the key Council objective of increasing social and affordable housing in Wellington. This will assist in providing a picture of housing supply and demand in Wellington and a clear housing vision, outcomes and investment plan. The overall objective will be to create a financially sustainable business model to increase social and affordable housing provision in the city. This could in turn have financial implications; however, it will be dependent on the nature and scale of any investments decided upon.

Housing Taskforce

We have established a Housing Taskforce made up of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and relevant external experts to provide advice on how the Council can best support additional housing provision in the city across the spectrum – private, affordable, social and supported living. The Housing Taskforce will use existing resources and inform areas of priority and report back in 2017.

Supported living for people who experience homelessness – Te Whare Oki Oki.

We will develop a business case for a wet house for homeless people who require a supported living environment. The business case will determine key factors including location, delivery mechanism, cost and stakeholders.

Rental Warrant of Fitness

By 2018/19 we will develop a Wellington City housing quality standard framework to support the Council acting on cold, damp, and unsafe housing. Funding will be assigned through existing budgets.

Focus Area 3: Designing our city for growth

What success looks like in 3 years

What we already deliver

The guiding principles behind our long-term approach to urban development are to:

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

Laneways program

Our laneways programme is targeting locations where we know we can achieve commercial uplift and growth. We want to design them to be places where small businesses and artisan producers locate to provide products and services that are uniquely Wellington. The design of the lanes leverages their character and adds to the tourism experience of being the creative capital. Continued funding for this project will be considered during the next Long-term Plan review.

Transmission Gully

We will work with stakeholders, particularly NZTA, to deliver Transmission Gully during 2020.

We will work with NZTA on consent processes for this key road project. While this is an NZTA project, there will be funding implications associated with developing link roads to connect to the Petone to Ngauranga road.

Cycling network

The Council’s prioritised 10 to 15-year cycleway programme is as follows:

We are aiming to deliver new cycling infrastructure plans across the city in agreement with partners using a place–based approach. Funding for this work has been allocated as part of the existing LTP and through NZTA.

Cost of public transport

We will continue to advocate for affordable public transport, student concession, off–peak fares, and move to a fully electric public transport fleet at the earliest opportunity. This will have no budget implications as it is falls within GWRC budget.

Future Central City programme

The Future Central City programme will plan for population and economic growth in the central city while enhancing pedestrian access, parking and overall attractiveness to residents, businesses and visitors.

Goal 3: People focussedTop

Although Wellington is a small city by global standards, it has a cosmopolitan culture and its residents are open-minded and outward-looking.

We have a culture that is welcoming and creative, and encourages people to tell their stories and express and celebrate their identities – whether those identities derive from ethnicity, culture, heritage, neighbourhood, belief, artistic or sporting endeavour, or any other source. While there is much to celebrate, there are always improvements that can be made. For the coming 3 years we have identified three areas of focus:

Focus Area 1: Capital of Culture

What success looks like in 3 years

What we already deliver

We already undertake a range of activities to make Wellington the “Capital of Culture”. This work includes:

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

Arts and culture sector programmes

We will allocate an additional $500k of funding to develop and implement the new arts and culture sector programme to ensure the city’s “capital of culture” reputation is retained and enhanced. Funding will be allocated to deliver on a range of opportunities including:

Toi Pōneke Centre

The current lease term ends August 2020. Options for the future will be prepared for consideration as part of the next long-term plan.

Focus Area 2: Community planning, facilities and utilisation of spaces

What success looks like in 3 years

What we already deliver

We already undertake a range of activities to increase community planning, utilisation of facilities and development of spaces. This work includes:

Integrated suburban plans

Develop a community participatory approach to suburban planning to ensure local services and programmes meet local communities, current and local needs are met. The planning and engagement phase can be delivered from within existing funding, however, these processes often result in strong community demand for higher service levels, which will likely have funding implications in future years.

Youth Summit

In 2017/18 we will run a Youth Summit to engage with the city’s youth population and identify their priorities for the city. To ensure there is no impact on rates we will be working with Central Government to fund this initiative.

Swimming pools

We will remove the swimming pool spectator/parent/guardian fee. Removing the fee will support a safe learn-to-swim environment, reduce the barriers to families using Council facilities, and remove the anomaly of parents having to pay to supervise their children while swimming.

Sports hub

Sports hubs allow for greater sharing and use of existing recreation facilities so that they are efficiently used. We will work with sporting codes and local communities to develop sports hubs where appropriate and this will be funded by existing funds allocated in the Long-term Plan.

Community places and spaces

We will capitalise on current approaches (e.g. Johnsonville) as well as explore new ways to provide and support community spaces and places. This could include a model for community dojos and spaces to provide opportunities for volunteers and community groups where resources can be shared. This initiative will be funded from existing budgets and will commence in 2018/19.

Focus Area 3: Clean, green, safe and inclusive city

What success looks like in 3 years

What we already deliver

We already undertake a range of activities to make Wellington an appealing clean, green, safe and inclusive city. This work includes:

Projects and programmes include:

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

Reduce social deprivation/inequality

We will continue to work with communities and our stakeholders throughout the city to advocate for and help the city’s most vulnerable. Our social housing programme, the implementation of the Living Wage and community outreach programmes are all geared towards providing a more inclusive community.

Smokefree Wellington

We will continue to progress the extension of smokefree areas to achieve SmokeFree City status by 2025.

Community driven safety planning

We will develop local community safety plans encompassing community safety in the broadest sense through a community participatory/co-design approach, reflective of the needs and concerns of the local community.

Wellington City has been making progress towards becoming a child and youth-friendly city and finalise accreditation. We will work with young people to document and map issues and develop an action plan to deliver on accreditation guidelines.

Goal 4: More sustainableTop

Like all cities, we face significant environmental challenges. One of the most important of these is the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but others include, encouraging efficient use of resources such as water and energy, managing pests and promoting biodiversity and continuing to reduce the amount of solid waste the city produces. We’re working hard to respond to these challenges. After all, the environment is the foundation on which Wellington is built. Over the next 3 years we will focus on three key areas of activity:

Focus Area 1: Our Natural Capital

What success looks like in 3 years

Expanded predator free zones as part of Predator Free Wellington

Enhanced walking and biking trail access in the city, with more promotion to drive utilisation

Improvement in all indicators in the City Biodiversity Index

Completion of the Outer Green Belt Network.

What we already deliver

We already undertake a range of activities under the Our Natural Capital plan to promote the outcomes sought. This involves:

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

Predator Free Wellington

Deliver Predator Free Wellington in partnership with GWRC, the Next Foundation and local communities. The programme will aim to eradicate possums, rats and mustelids from Wellington City to a point where our native species can survive and populations can expand.

Deliver Our Natural Capital

Over the next 3 years Our Natural Capital will focus on restoring ecologically significant areas, creating buffer zones and raising awareness of issues facing indigenous biodiversity and working with local communities across all our reserves. All initiatives are currently funded through the Our Natural Capital Plan.

Makara Peak Mountain Bike Master Plan

We will work with the local mountain bike community to deliver on the final master plan for the park. This will include new tracks, an improved entrance, additional parking and regional coordination. Any funding implications for the Council will be considered as part of the 2018 Long-term Plan update.

Focus Area 2: Waste management and minimisation

What success looks like in 3 years

Better managed waste volumes to landfill

Reduced household food waste

Solution for sewage sludge to landfill disposal identified

Lower Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) obligations through waste minimisation and gas capture

Increased rates of recycling across the city.

What we already deliver

We already undertake a range of activities under the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan to promote the outcomes sought, including:

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

Sewage sludge

We will undertake an options assessment for sewage sludge disposal to reduce stress on infrastructure, mitigate future capacity issues, and reduce the Council’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) carbon liability.

Reduce waste to landfill

Over the next 3 years we will continue to deliver initiatives to separate and reduce waste at source like Love Food Hate Waste, and continue work to better manage total waste to landfill. (Note: there is a correlation between strong economic growth/development and increased waste.)

We will confirm a new regional Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, look to improve gas capture at the Southern Landfill, increase recycling rates, and investigate the establishment of organic waste collection, public recycling bins, and going plastic bag free.

Focus Area 3: The Low Carbon Capital

What success looks like in 3 years

Lower building and residential emissions

Increased public transport, walking and cycling

Increased EV charging infrastructure across the city

Lower Council organisational emissions

Improved community understanding of the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.

What we already deliver

We already undertake a range of activities under the Low Carbon Capital Plan to promote the outcomes sought, including the three pillars to fulfil the goals of the plan. They are:

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

Deliver the 2016-18 Low Carbon Capital Plan

Deliver the initiatives highlighted in the “Wellington 2016-18 Low Carbon Capital Plan” namely around the three pillars of greening Wellington’s growth, changing the way we move, and leading by example.

Promote electric vehicle uptake

Primarily through accelerating the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the city, make it more convenient to own an electric vehicle in Wellington City.

Goal 5: Improving how we workTop

Focus Area 1: Living Wage

What success looks like in 3 years

An official living wage for all Council and CCO staff has been introduced

A living wage for relevant contracts delivering ongoing core services has been implemented

Obtain Council accreditation has been obtained within the triennium.

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

Living Wage

Focus Area 2: Improved engagement

What success looks like in 3 years

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

Relationship with iwi

We will continue to develop our relationships with our iwi partners and explore opportunities to work together on projects and programmes that benefit the city and its communities.

Engagement and consultation

We will work to expand the Council’s community engagement on significant projects and introduce more quantitative research for major projects to support the decision-making process.

Performance framework

We will review the monitoring framework as a decision-making tool, to ensure KPIs are meaningful for the Council and public. This work will be conducted in the first half of 2017 and includes setting performance measures and targets for this Triennium Plan. The new performance framework will be consulted on with stakeholders and the community as part of the 2018 Long-term Plan.

The review will be delivered from within existing resources. Depending on the nature and scale of data that needs to be collected for the new performance framework there may be a small additional cost, but in the first instance we will look to deliver this from existing resources.

Focus Area 3: Smart Council

What success looks like in 3 years

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

Smart Council programme

Continue to develop and implement projects that focus on becoming customer focussed, digitally enabled, agile, scalable, transparent and open. Funding implications will be brought to committee once further detailed work has been completed.

Focus Area 4: Council building resilience

What success looks like in 3 years

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

Council buildings

Focus Area 5: Financial sustainability

What success looks like in 3 years

New proposals and areas of focus for 2016-2019

Budget