Kāpiti is growing and we want to grow well. This means planning boldly and holistically so we can flourish.
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Our job is to create the vision and framework for diverse, high-quality development, so we ‘grow well’ as a district.
Our growth strategy gives us a framework for where, when, how, and how dense, we want growth to be in our district. It helps us shape land development and manage activities across our town centres and urban, rural and business areas, to support our district’s needs now, and in the future.
It also informs detailed changes to the District Plan and infrastructure plans to support a coordinated and integrated approach to shaping growth and development across the district.
We need to plan carefully to make sure we're ‘growing well’ with a thriving environment, vibrant economy and strong communities. Our population has increased by 1.5 percent per year on average over recent years and this same rate is expected to continue in future. This would mean our population will grow by about 32,000 people over the next 30 years – the current population of Paraparaumu and Raumati combined.
We need to plan carefully to avoid increased pressure on housing and rental stock and costs, our infrastructure, and our environment. We need to make sure our growth protects the things we value, and creates opportunities like housing choice, jobs, skills training, transport choices, and new and improved open spaces.
Our current growth strategy, the Development Management Strategy, was published in 2007, and a lot has changed since then. Our 2007 strategy emphasises sustainability, which we’ll continue to do, but other aspects are no longer fit for purpose. It doesn’t capture our emerging challenges such as climate change, opportunities like the benefits of scale, or reflect current government regulations.
Our growth strategy is a key tool as we respond to climate change impacts while working within the physical constraints of the district, and for protecting our environment as we adapt to low-carbon future.
Our new growth strategy will complement existing policies and strategies like the Climate Emergency Action Framework, and the Economic Development and Sustainable Transport strategies, and is being developed beside others, like the Open Spaces and Stormwater strategies.
We’re consulting with our iwi partners and communities to express our shared vision and values in our proposed approach to growth. We also need to apply the Government’s requirements for housing development and land use, other legislative requirements, and planning our district’s growth in line with the rest of the Wellington region.
New legislation, policy and supporting work
Housing business assessment
The Housing and Business Assessment (HBA) compares current and future demand for housing and business with the available development capacity in the Wellington Region. The HBA identified long-term shortages in residential development capacity in Kāpiti, and the need to increase this capacity. Higher levels of growth and demand are now forecast than those used in the last assessment.
National Policy Statement for Urban Development
The Government recently introduced the National Policy Statement for Urban Development (NPS-UD), which requires growth councils like Kāpiti to plan for growth and to ensure they deliver well-functioning urban environments for all people, communities and future generations.
This will require changes to our District Plan to enable intensification; allowing for growth both upwards and outwards. The Growth Strategy is a vital to informing this work.
Wellington Regional Growth Framework
The Wellington Regional Growth Framework (WRGF) outlines a long-term vision for how the region will grow, change and respond to key urban development challenges and opportunities. It was developed by central and local governments and mana whenua. The framework has been adopted by councils across the region, including Kāpiti.
Our proposed approach to growth considers this regional framework and gives more detail on how Kāpiti plans to manage its future growth through intensification and greenfield development.
Kāpiti's Long-term Plan 2021–41
Our Long-term Plan 2021–41 (LTP) outlines Council’s plan for delivering services and activities over the next 20 years, particularly around infrastructure planning to support growth.
We received community feedback on ‘good growth’ through the “What matters most” survey and LTP 2021–41 consultation. Our updated strategy reflects this feedback and will inform future LTPs and infrastructure management plans.
The Growth Strategy will also inform District Plan changes around the NPS-UD, and the WRGF directions for intensification and future greenfield development.
The following reports outline growth scenario assessments and development potential through greenfield and intensification development over the next 30 years:
- Kāpiti Coast Urban Development Greenfield Assessment (draft) (prepared for Council by Boffa Miskell) [PDF, 73.8 MB]
- Kāpiti Coast Urban Development Intensification Assessment (draft) (prepared for Council by Boffa Miskell) [PDF, 103 MB]
- Kāpiti Coast Growth Strategy Review – Growth Scenarios Report (prepared for Council by 4Sight Consulting)
Our Housing page also outlines the work we're doing on housing and information on the housing continuum, which shows the housing types needed to meet the range of needs in our community.
We’re consulting on our proposed approach to growth from 19 October-19 November 2021. Councillors will then consider your feedback in developing a new Growth Strategy. This will be finalised and adopted in February 2022, and implementation will begin in March 2022.