Eastern Neighbourhood framework plan

Preparation of a development framework for the Eastern Neighbourhood will provide direction on how the area east of Liardet Street could develop and intensify into a residential-led mixed-use neighbourhood.

The Framework Plan will be a spatial plan-led exercise that recognises physical, social, cultural and economic conditions to inform and identify future outcomes (look, feel and function). It will make recommendations on the urban structure of the neighbourhood (including new open spaces, connections, and services etc.) and integrate transport and public realm aspects to provide a co-ordinated future picture of the neighbourhood.  

Ensuring the Framework Plan is developed with inputs from a multi-disciplinary project team will be key to the future success of the Eastern Neighbourhood. This work will have a sufficient level of detail to act as an evidence base for necessary changes to the District Plan. It will also include a naming strategy for the eastern neighbourhood to reflect māori and pakeha heritage and reinforce the identity and sense of place of this new neighbourhood.

The block sizes in the Eastern Neighbourhood are longer than those to the west of Liardet Street. Large block sizes can inhibit convenient pedestrian movement as well as limit development of smaller scale residential and mixed-use buildings. As such, the Framework Plan could identify opportunities to create new connections through the Eastern Neighbourhood blocks, in the form of new streets or pedestrian laneways, developing a denser street layout more suitable to residential living and walkable neighbourhoods.   

Potential projects may include: 

  • Creation of a new north-south green street through large city blocks, delivering additional residential frontage and new connections to the coast.
  • Devon Street East upgrade to support its future role as a ‘local’ main street serving the needs of the new residents. The upgrade could include the creation of a new green space as a focus for the community.
  • Gill Street upgrade including street trees and planting (following potential relocation of the bus interchange).

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Working together

  • Ngāti Te Whiti
  • Landowners
  • Private developers
  • Kāinga Ora
  • Housing developers
  • Local business stakeholders
  • WITT

Next steps

Step 1

Establish a project team following the adoption of the City Centre Strategy.

Step 3 

Community engagement on draft Framework Plan.

Step 2

Prepare Framework Plan and initiate any further studies required: i.e. infrastructure, open space, transport.

Step 4

Determine whether regulatory changes are required to enable outcomes of the Framework Plan and prepare any plan changes, complementary strategies and studies as required.