Frequently asked questions

What is the Long-term Plan?

The Long-term Plan is the Council’s 10-year blueprint that sets out how we will invest in the city and deliver services, and how we will pay for it.

Every 3 years, we review our Long-term Plan to make sure we are moving in the right direction and addressing community outcomes.


Why do we need to update it every 3 years?

We update our Long-term Plan every three years to take into account our changing environment. Economic, demographic and environmental factors, among others, have a bearing on what our priorities should be.

To invest wisely in our city and make the best choices for residents and visitors, we need to understand the changes that affect it, and the challenges these changes bring.

Understanding these changes means we can be smarter about how we deliver services, and take the best possible steps to prepare for what lies ahead.


What is involved in the Long-term Plan process?

Our plan includes an extensive process of analysis, planning, public engagement and consultation.

At the moment, we are beginning our engagement process, and we want to hear from you. The more people are engaged in the process, the better informed our decisions will be.

Formal consultation will take place in April and the updated plan will be completed late June 2018.


What has changed since we last updated the Long-term Plan?

The Long-term Plan created in 2015 included a strong investment programme to stimulate a flat  economy.

We invested in a range of projects to attract more visitors, more residents, and more business, to stimulate our economy and better connect Wellington to the rest of the world.

Today, we’re in a different situation. New Zealand’s economy is much stronger than it was in 2014, and Wellington’s economic growth, while still behind the national average, is also far healthier. Our economy grew by 2.5 percent in 2016, unemployment is low at 4.6 percent.

But there are also challenges associated with growth, and what we’re doing now is looking at how we can address these.


What priority areas does the current Long-term Plan update cover? 

As part of our planning for the next 10 years, we’ve identified five priority areas which we need to focus on now, to be stronger and better prepared for the future. They are transport, resilience, arts and culture, sustainable growth, and housing.

Population growth is a key consideration. An additional 50,000 to 80,000 people are expected to settle in Wellington over the next 30 years. Much of that increase will be felt in the city centre.

Some of the questions we need to ask now are: How do we accommodate growth in a way that enhances the city? How and where should we grow the city? What kind of transport systems do we need?


How will we pay for investments we make?

We’ll need to decide what is most important. Our budget is very healthy but in order to keep your rates manageable, we can’t do everything. We’ll need to make some tough choices.


How does this work fit with Our City Tomorrow?

Some of the big questions we’re asking our community about Our City Tomorrow – around housing and resilience, for example - are the same questions we’re asking Wellingtonians in relation to the Long-term Plan.


How can I have my say?

You can visit the website

Take the Our City Tomorrow survey and share your views about the future of our central city.

We’ll also be updating the site and there’ll be more opportunities for you to share your views on the Long-term Plan. Stay tuned for more information.