Wednesday October 11, 2017
inbrief news Council supports events Changes have been made to Hutt City Council’s Events Support Fund to ensure that funding is available all year round – with the aim to encourage more events in the quieter winter months. The Events Support Fund allocates $45,000 per year to local events that support and benefit the Lower Hutt community. City events manager Carla Steed says: “We were proud to support some great events last year that brought plenty of smiles to the city.” “With quarterly funding allocations we can now reliably support worthwhile events all year round.” Information at huttcity.govt.nz/ eventfunding.
Hutt Urban Adventure Race Up for a challenge, the Hutt Urban Adventure Race will be held on December 3 and entries are now open. The event is has been referred to as the Amazing Race meets orienteering, and requires strategy, skills, and stamina for teams of two to four athletes. To enter, go to HuttUrbanAdventure. co.nz. Online entries close November 26.
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Councillors to take a fresh look at housing Hutt City Council will soon consider proposals to enable medium density housing and a wider range of housing types to be built in the city – with a particular focus on 10 carefully selected urban centres. Insufficient land for residential development on the valley floor, growing demand for housing and a narrow selection of housing types and sizes have long been identified as major obstacles to sustainable economic growth and fully realising council’s vision of rejuvenating the city. Council has been working for several years on a range of housing proposals that Hutt City Council mayor Ray Wallace says will address housing affordability, provide space for new families and offer more suitable housing options for older residents. “Our concern is that we don’t have sufficient housing or the right type of housing to satisfy our current population, let alone the growth we are now starting to see,” Ray says. “The cold reality is that if we fail to solve this problem in a thoughtful and planned way, council’s rejuvenation strategies won’t be fully realised and our economy and our collective quality of life will
One possibility of what medium density residential development could look like. PHOTO: Supplied
suffer. A business as usual approach would be irrational.” Ray says one of the groups often forgotten in these debates is the young families who struggle to get a foot on the first rung of the property ladder. “This initiative will improve their chances to set up a home and a stable future.” A full council meeting on October 10 will discuss proposed changes to the District Plan.
Fear of the parking ticket could be a thing of the past. Hutt City Council is about to offer a new smart option for managing parking payments that warns you when your paid parking is about to expire, and lets you extend your time by smart phone. The PayMyPark app will
be available from October 2 and allows drivers to pay for their parking with their smart phone or computer. It can also be used in Wellington and several other cities, for on-street and councilowned off-street parking, including Riverbank Car Park.
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to be a popular method for businesses in other cities to manage their fleet parking as they can link several vehicles to one account,” she says.” “The app is also in line with the parking policy council is now developing, which aims to improve the efficiency and use of parking in the city.”
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All current payment options for parking fees, including cash, credit card and text, are still available. Council spokesperson Alex Todd says the app, that’s free to download, offers users a much more time-efficient way to manage their parking. “PayMyPark has also proven
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To ensure high-quality developments, more intensive developments requiring resource consent would have to follow a design guide. Ray says the proposals provide a balance between the future quality of life of all residents and the effects on existing residents. Wainuiomata is one of the 10 targeted areas chosen for their accessibility to public transport, recreational areas, schools and shops.
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These include allowing a wider range of housing, including low-rise apartments and terraced houses to be built, with a particular focus on ten centres with good access to transport, shopping, parks and schools. The proposals include raising the residential permitted building height standard in these areas to three storeys, compared to the current two storey height standard in the general residential zone.
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