Living in our city


The vision for living in the city is to establish a resident community of scale (circa 4,000 people by 2050 up from the current 1,000 people) with a strong neighbourhood connection that enjoys what urban Ngāmotu New Plymouth has to offer – food, hospitality, events, arts, culture and nature on its doorstep.  Specifically, a new walkable residential neighbourhood east of Liardet Street is established with Devon Street East (of Liardet) becoming its vibrant local shopping street.

This enlarged resident community is conscious of the ‘home-grown’ philosophy, actively supporting the local retail, service and hospitality to the benefit of all.   It is also attracted to, and will make a significant contribution to, public life that unfolds in the city centre.  Walkability and good access to public transport is an absolute expectation. 

Residents enjoy a range of apartment and townhouse choices at various price points for households of all sizes. Housing ranges from converted character buildings to apartment and townhouse new builds that meet the highest levels of NZ Green Building Council Homestar accreditation – some offering breath-taking views of the city, coast and mountain.

Key components

  • Transforming the city centre area East of Liardet St into a residential-led mixed use neighbourhood;
  • Preparation of a residential design guide for the city centre as a whole that corelates with a modified district plan to ensure good design and amenity is achieved. It will align with the Ngāmotu Māori Design Principles;
  • Easing consenting process for retrofit of existing buildings in the city centre;
  • Preparing planning and design briefs for key Council-owned sites to establish intended residential outcomes.

Projects and initiatives