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Feedback sought on draft plan for Adelaide Road

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11 September 2008
 
Feedback sought on draft plan for Adelaide Road area
 
Community views have helped shape a new draft plan to guide the way the city-end of Adelaide Road develops in coming decades and people with an interest in the area now have until Friday 10 October to have a final say on the plan.
 
Proposals include widening Adelaide Road to make it easier for buses, general traffic and cyclists, a new landscaped median to improve the look and feel of the area, and a higher permitted height limit for buildings along Adelaide Road – up from 12 metres to 18 metres.
 
The Draft Adelaide Road Framework also suggests more street trees, upgrading the Hospital Road reserve and the green space between King Street and Myrtle Crescent, and a greater number of crossing points for pedestrians making use of the new landscaped median as a safe central point.
 
A proposed design for improving the link between Drummond and Tasman streets – including upgraded steps, better lighting, street trees and landscaping – is in the plan, along with proposed changes to the major Adelaide Road intersection with John and Riddiford streets. Among suggested changes to the intersection are the removal of the existing traffic island and a new right-hand-turn lane into John Street from Adelaide Road.
 
The Council’s Urban Development and Transport Portfolio Leader, Councillor Andy Foster, says property owners, local business people, residents and others with an interest have already made a big contribution to the development of the draft plan through earlier feedback and the public workshops held a few months ago.
 
“Now we’d really like people to take a final close look at the draft plan that has been developed following all these discussions and ideas and let us know what they think,” he says. “This part of town should become an exciting, much more attractive urban area in which more people will live, work and gravitate to, while continuing to operate as a crucial transport and public transport route. It’s an important part of our planned growth spine from Johnsonville to Kilbirnie. Growth areas have been chosen because of their proximity to public transport and to services.”
 
The area under the spotlight – between the Basin Reserve and John Street – is expected to come under increasing development pressure as the city’s population increases and the Council wants to manage change to ensure it is positive for the local community and the wider city.
 
The draft framework is available online at www.Wellington.govt.nz, from libraries and service centres or by phoning 499 4444. Feedback can be made online or by filling in and returning the feedback form in the draft framework booklet by Friday 10 October.
 
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