The time is now to start a conversation about the future of Wellington. We are talking about how we will invest in your city, given what we know about the changes we face, from population growth to sea levels rising. We do this through the Long-term Plan (LTP), which sets out what we should focus on most over the next 30 years. Every 3 years, we review this plan to make sure we’re making the best choices for Wellington, through the range of core services we already deliver, and some new initiatives. We use Annual Plans to address changes in the 3 years between LTP updates. As we plan, we need to make choices. We can’t do everything, because we want to keep our budget healthy and your rates manageable.
We want a balanced, efficient and reliable transport system that interacts well with our natural and built environment, helps reduce congestion and pollution, and can accommodate rising numbers of commuters.
The November 2016 earthquake highlighted the importance of resilience. We are also vulnerable to the effects of climate change, in particular rising sea levels. We need to be stronger and better prepared.
Cities compete globally for talent. Culture and art form part of what draws people overseas. We need to enhance our reputation as a cool, edgy capital where people want to live, work and play.
Wellington’s economy is far healthier than it was three years ago. This presents challenges. Our focus is on managing that growth while conserving what we love about our city - its liveability, accessibility, heritage, and character.
We want everyone to have access to safe and affordable housing. With 50,000 to 80,000 more people expected to move here over the next 30 years, we need to do more to accommodate growth.
We're working through options and want to hear your views. Let's start a conversation. We're holding a series of events in the public. For more information see our Events and Activities page.
The 5 focus areas listed above are key areas that we know we need to invest in, to ensure Wellington is a place we love to work, play, visit and live in.
In 2016 we spent $494.5 Million on investing in our people, our resources and our city. We will continue to invest in our maintaining our core business.
Please note all figures are operational expenditure (OPEX).
More facts and figures are available in the Wellington City Council's 2016/17 Annual Report.
More information to come...