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The following posts are filed under: planning.

Starting to get it right: Island Bay and the South

The Island Bay Cycleway’s influence on Wellington transport thinking, and public discourse, is really significant.  (It helped give birth to Talk Wellington!) In an issue space that’s been rife with reckons, civic activation, politicising, good intentions, cockups and conspiracies, it’s a otter relief to know it’s really coming right.

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The Low Cost of Ending the High Cost of Free Parking

Worldwide, what would you say is the single biggest thing that gets in the way of making streets better for people? Surely it’s cost? Maybe poor public engagement? Nope – it’s street parking. And it’s really, really hard to change. Stephen Davis of City Beautiful outlines how we’ve enshrined sacred cow status around storing your…

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Cohousing: Part 3

In her final piece of the series, guest poster Biddy Livesey – housing policy analyst, researcher, and future resident of Cohaus – considers how cohousing is supported, and the specific planning challenge for an innovative collective housing development. This article was originally published on Greater Auckland, and is reproduced with permission.  

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Playing with the Possibilities

Wellington kids have access to great playgrounds, with a brand new one about to be built for kids in the south. All the talk of new and improved play spaces has us pondering playground possibilities.

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Moving on medium-density: Special Housing Areas, social housing, and Te Aro

Our friends over at Eye of the Fish keep their insightful architectural eye on Wellington’s urban form: what’s going up, coming down, changing… here the Fish focuses on Arlington Flats and the now-dead Special Housing Areas

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Friends of the landlords – Wellington Councillors against affordable housing

Guest poster Frank McRae on Wellington city councillors’ recent decision to can the Special Housing Areas, which had been talked up as part of the solution to our housing crisis (and talked down as undemocratic). 

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Steb in the Dark? Step into the Light!

Wellington City Council is developing a brand new suburb in Upper Stebbings Valley. Let’s shine a light on how to do it well! So it’s not yet another stab at big cookie-cutter houses in a dormitory suburb. It’s about building a community, while building homes.

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Cohousing: Part 2

 Biddy Livesey – housing policy analyst, researcher, and future resident of Cohaus – leads us on an exciting journey: what Cohaus will look like…

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Pointed questions

Let’s Get Wellington Moving will be some of the biggest changes to Wellington city’s transport since the Urban Motorway was built in the 1960s. LGWM’s “recommended package for investment” (stuff to build) was due out in May. While we wait, progressive transport coalition Congestion Free Wellington has ten questions for the LGWM team.

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Hate the System? Change the System!

Wish it wasn’t so hard to do the sustainable, climate-friendly thing in everyday life? You’re not alone! NZ’s systems make it much too hard (and much too easy to do the opposite).
But the Zero Carbon Act is a first step towards fixing The System – so it’s easier for us to be better. Tell them your “Yeah!” by 19th July!

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