Open Space Strategy 2018 – 2028
Council adopted the Open Space Strategy (2018-2028) on Wednesday 28 February 2018. A final version of the Strategy will be published soon.
To view the adoption report to Council, which includes responses to public submissions and the proposed Strategy, please click here
To see the minutes of the Council meeting, please click here
Contact James McKibbin, Senior Policy Advisor, via email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or call (04) 527 2143 with any questions.
Open Space Strategy 2018 – 2028
Open spaces contribute to the health and well being of our community in many ways. They help make Upper Hutt a special place to live and visit. We think there are opportunities to make the open space network even better, so we’ve put together a strategy to provide direction for managing our open spaces. This will help us achieve our city vision – Life. Leisure. Live it!
What is the ‘open space network’?
Open spaces are places for recreation and include parks, sports fields, reserves, civic spaces, and the pathways that connect them all. Pathways include tracks for people to walk and run, ride bikes, and in some areas, ride horses. Together, they form the open space network.
What’s in the Strategy?
A strategic direction and five goals form the basis of the Strategy. The goals are supported by more specific objectives. A set of guidelines has also been developed to help Council make decisions about the open space network.
We’ve looked at each neighbourhood and proposed opportunities for improving their open spaces. Have a look at the ideas we have for your neighbourhood and the city.
Upper Hutt has an open space network of great spaces and places that are valued for their role in contributing to the health and wellbeing of the people and environment of our city.
- Our open spaces are appropriately located
- Our open spaces meet the needs of the community and more people benefit from regularly using them
- Our open spaces are accessible and well connected, making it easier for people to exercise, play, socialise and relax in the outdoors
- Our open spaces are enhanced to provide benefits for the environment and recreational experience
- Our open spaces contribute to community identify, vibrancy and sense of place
How we developed the Strategy
Before developing the Strategy, we first identified key issues and opportunities to improve the network of open spaces. A community focus group helped identify these. Council sought public feedback on these during May-June 2017.
The issues and opportunities discussion document – sets out the background as to why Upper Hutt’s open space is important and considerations for the future – to identify things that could be the addressed by the Strategy. We asked for feedback on this document and what we received was incorporated into a draft strategy. To view the feedback on the issues and opportunities document, click here.
A draft Strategy was developed and we invited public submissions between 13 September – 13 October 2017. Council heard submissions at a hearing meeting on 31 October. A number of changes were made to the Strategy on the basis of the submissions received (refer to the link to the 28 February Council meeting above).