JCA Submission to WCC Draft Spatial Plan

Our submission challenges the Council’s inequitable proposal to increase Johnsonville’s population by 51% over the next 30 years, with no concurrent infrastructure planning.

JCA objects to the intention to house new residents in developments of up to 8 storeys, extending deep into the suburb.

Read on for JCA’s critical analysis of WCC’s undercooked draft spatial plan.

Proposed building height allowances for Johnsonville before and after new Government rules were introduced in July. The purple areas on the right indicate areas where six-storey or higher building height allowances are now proposed.
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Ōhāriu Candidates Respond to Questions From Electorate

Ōhāriu’s community associations jointly put a range of questions to the 2020 electorate candidates. See the compiled responses from most candidates to questions about:

  • Petone to Grenada traffic
  • High-density housing
  • Johnsonville Police Station staffing
  • Newlands fire brigade location
  • Johnsonville Shopping Centre redevelopment
  • Churton Park Community Centre
  • Employment in the northern suburbs
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Make a Personal Submission to the draft Spatial Plan

JCA is concerned at how the proposals in the WCC’s draft Spatial Plan stand to affect Johnsonville, particularly the disproportionate share of the increased Wellington population without supporting infrastructure. Today is the final day for submissions.

Community members are welcome to use this form (PDF and rich text format) compiled by JCA to copy, edit and submit to WCC.

https://planningforgrowth.wellington.govt.nz/spatial-plan

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Meet the Ōhāriu Electoral Candidates, 23 September

Come to Johnsonville Community Centre Main Hall to hear Ōhāriu’s incumbent and hopeful electoral candidates tell the community how they would represent our suburbs’ needs.

Candidates will address the room on their respective party platforms, then respond to public questions that will be drawn by ballot.

Confirmed attending are: Greg O’Connor (Labour), Brett Hudson (National), Tracey Martin (NZ First), Jessica Hammond (TOP), John Ranta (Green), Allan Cawood (One), Liam Walsh (NAP), and Philip Lynch (New Conservatives).

Doors open at 7 for a 7:30 start. The event will also be live streamed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/ke2bEERixcI. We apologise for any technical difficulties disrupting the stream.

Cancellation notices will appear here on http://www.johnsonville.org.nz.  For more details, contact jcainc2@gmail.com.

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Totara Park Track Taking Shape

JCA members and enthusiastic community volunteers are busily working on the last stages of the Totara Park track in the lead-up to summer 2020.

Working bees are likely to be every second Saturday from 1-4pm. Anyone interested in lending a hand can contact Graeme on +64 27 444 1748 or graeme.sawyer007@gmail.com.

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Meet the Candidates for Ōhāriu Electorate

“Meet the Candidates” event postponed

Due to the Alert Level 2 restrictions on public gatherings, the 26 August event has been postponed. JCA hopes to announce the new event date shortly.

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Update on JCA discussions with councils about bus stops in Johnsonville

1)  Bus stops that aren’t actually bus stops

Not a bus stopJohnsonville Community Association has finally gotten Greater Wellington Regional Council to agree with JCA about the so-called “bus stops” on Johnsonville Road — especially the one outside our Post Office.

These have been designated and marked “bus stops” but, as everyone knows, they are not actually bus stops because no buses stop there for a scheduled service or a public purpose.

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JCA on Council’s Planning For Growth project

(image -WCC)Stand by for 50,000 to 80,000 more Wellingtonians in the next 30 years — with at least 22,000 of this new population moving in to North Wellington — including Johnsonville.

North Wellington’s projected population is the greatest of any area apart from the central city.

Wellington City Council‘s Planning For Growth project is about what needs to happen to accommodate all these extra people … so bear with us, this is quite a long post.

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JCA on Wellington City Council’s Traffic Resolutions – Parking and fee changes

Johnsonville Community Association has made a submission on Wellington City Council’s Annual Plan, focusing on car parking. JCA says to WCC:

  1. Don’t increase charges for public carpark spaces
  2. Require property developers to provide sufficient private parking for all units
  3. Return falsely-labelled “bus stops” to community use.

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Urgent need for youth recreational facilities in Johnsonville

There is an urgent need to ensure the Northern suburbs continue to be a great place for families to raise good kids. Wellington City Council needs to stop its erosion of public recreational space in Johnsonville, beginning with 2 immediate recommended actions:

  1. Replace Johnsonville’s only remaining dedicated Youth facility, the basketball half-court in Johnsonville, which Council demolished to make way for the new Library
  2. Re-prioritise building of a new major Playground in Johnsonville West.

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