The direction of Wellington City Council’s Draft Spatial Plan is consistent with the Government's recent National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) 2020, however there are some aspects of the new policy which will require the Council to enable a greater level of density than had previously been signalled, including:

  • Provide sufficient development capacity in the District Plan to meet long-term (30 years projected growth requirements
  • Allowing building heights of at least 6 storeys within at least a walkable catchments of the city centre and metropolitan centres as well as existing and planned rapid transit stops
  • ​​Removing minimum car parking requirements (other than accessible car parks)
  • Ensuring urban environments support a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and are resilient and provide the amenity requirements of a ‘well-functioning urban environments’.
  • These changes will have a significant impact on Tawa, and the Tawa Business Group will continue to work closely with Northern Ward Councillors and the Wellington City Council to ensure up-to-date information is available to members.



Parking is a key issue for Tawa based businesses.

A meeting has been held on-site with Senior Traffic Engineers to address issues with double parking and parking on yellow lines near the retail area, and a meeting has been scheduled for early November to discuss parking issues at the southern end of the BID area.

Meeting with Council representatives on site gives them the opportunity to see the issues first hand, provides a big-picture view, and enables us to work with them to identify solutions that work for all businesses in the BID area as best we can.

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Downers have now started road works along the Main Road of Tawa. Wellington City Council have committed over $1M for roading upgrades from the boundary with Porirua through to Sunrise Boulevard and Arohata Women’s Prison.

Both Wellington City Council and Downers, the contractor managing these works, are conscious that these roadworks will have an impact on the Tawa business sector, and are working with the Tawa Business Group, Tawa Community Board and the Tawa Residents Association to ensure disruption is limited as much as possible.  This will include timing options, one-lane or detour options and managing works near schools – endeavouring to get the best outcome both in terms of minimal disruption and expediency of getting work completed.