How we got here
Following open days and community feedback about routes in 2016, we’ve worked closely with three eastern suburbs community working groups.
The working groups spent many hours poring over plans, asking questions, looking at things from a range of different perspectives, debating the pros and cons, grappling with challenges and trade-offs, thinking about all the possibilities, and whittling down the alternatives. They talked about parking, resident and business needs, trees, heritage features, lane widths, safer speeds, driveways, existing safety issues, pedestrian crossings, intersections and bus stops.
Then, in September 2017, Wellingtonians had the opportunity to comment on short-listed options for more than 11 streets in Kilbirnie and the connection to Newtown.
More than 400 people attended open days at ASB Sports Centre, and 582 people made online or written submissions.The Council analysed the feedback to help determine which design for the various streets to progress, and then sought final feedback on revised proposals in late 2018. This included more open days at the ASB Sports Centre.
Decisions on which options to progress were influenced by what people told us, the funding available, more detailed information about likely costs for the different projects, and a desire to start with busy sections that will make the biggest contribution to the planned network.
The proposals do not include a crossing on Cobham Drive, but we are working with the NZ Transport Agency on possible solutions for the longer term.
Councillors are expected to make decisions on most of the Kilbirnie projects, as well as the coastal section of Evans Bay Parade (from Carlton Gore Road to just north of Niwa), on 8 March 2018.
The only exception is the Kilbirnie end of Evans Bay Parade (Cobham Drive intersection to Rongotai Road). Following earlier feedback on options, a different design for this stretch is being proposed, which has been integrated with plans for the proposed new bus hub in this area. Feedback on this is open until 19 March 2018.