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Policy

CLIMATE ACTION

All parents want to make the future better for their children. For my generation, that means taking immediate action on climate.

  • Reduce transport emissions because we have a moral responsibility to do our bit

  • Prepare for sea level rise because it will happen no matter how much we reduce emissions

  • Improve financial decision making so we invest in the most cost-effective climate actions first

REDUCE TRANSPORT EMISSIONS

Wellington's greatest source of emissions is road transport. We must make it easier for people to leave their cars behind.

  • Improve urban planning to build townhouses and apartments near what we need - transport, business, activities, parks, and each other

  • Invest in low carbon transport options to give people appealing alternatives

COMPACT, VIBRANT NEIGHBOURHOODS

Where we build housing and how we design our streets determines how easy it is to leave our cars behind. Good design is also great for our physical and mental health.

 

  • Rezone land near train stations and transport hubs to allow townhouses and small apartment buildings

  • Simplify planning rules while introducing a design committee to assess the quality of larger developments

  • Investigate joint ventures with central government and developers to build apartments with vibrant shops at ground level in suburban centres

LOW CARBON TRANSPORT

Some people will always need their car because they have accessibility challenges, small children, or lots of gear for work. The rest of us need appealing alternatives.

 

  • Provide more priority bus lanes to improve reliability by getting buses out of traffic

  • Make it safer to walk to school with raised table pedestrian crossings and traffic calming measures

  • Deliver a high quality business case comparing bus rapid transit and light rail options for Let’s Get Welly Moving

  • Hold a Citizens' Assembly to let Wellingtonians choose our rapid transit mode, based on the results of the business case

  • Speed up the delivery of a city-wide bike and scooter network, guided by the Let’s Get Welly Riding vision, to return footpaths to pedestrians

PREPARE FOR SEA LEVEL RISE

The UN predicts we could have up to 1 metre of sea level rise by 2100 and some scientists worry that estimate is too low. With 80cm of sea level rise Civic Square would be below the high tide mark.

 

  • Empower property owners to make informed decisions regarding the risk of sea level rise, by adding hazard information to LIM reports

  • Require property owners to accept all risk related to sea level rise for any new building consents issued within 1.5 metres of current sea level

  • Assess the vulnerability of Council infrastructure to sea level rise and liquefaction, to develop a long term plan

  • Investigate "soft" coastal defences, such as waterfront parks

BETTER FINANCIAL DECISIONS

Wellington needs significant investment in infrastructure. We must spend your rates dollars carefully and find new sources of revenue. 

  • Review Council's internal budgeting processes to improve the quality of analysis in financial decision making

  • Borrow more to fund essential, long-term Council infrastructure upgrades such as water and transport

  • Investigate the sale of the Council's stake in Wellington airport to contribute funding for low carbon transport infrastructure

  • Use more targeted rates and investigate using unimproved land values for general rates, as recommended by the Productivity Commission

  • Establish a "Peoples' Budget" so ratepayers directly participate in deciding how some of their money is spent

  • Improve the openness and readability of Council budgets so that anyone can find out details of how their rates are spent

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