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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.

 

  • Negotiate a joint venture with central government and developers to build housing along the mass rapid transit route from Courtenay to Newtown

  • Complete an assessment of green spaces in Johnsonville and Tawa to support future growth

  • Work with Stride to deliver a mixed use of retail, commercial, housing, and public space on the Johnsonville Mall site

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 safer speeds, raised table pedestrian crossings and traffic calming measures

  • Start construction to make the Golden Mile a great destination to walk, shop and eat

  • Progress design of light rail for Let’s Get Welly Moving

  • 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.

 

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

  • Develop options for adaptation in the central city, with a focus on the condition of the sea wall

  • Empower property owners to make informed decisions regarding the risk of sea level rise, by developing local adaptation plans

BETTER FINANCIAL DECISIONS

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

  • Continue to improve the quality of analysis in financial decision making, including offering options to the public during budget consultation

  • Borrow 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 infrastructure

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