The Johnsonville train line is not “rapid transit”

From Tortoise to Hare in the Stroke of a Pen

The JCA supports the position expressed by fellow residents’ associations in this article.

JCA has also argued to both Greater Wellington and Wellington City councils that the Johnsonville train line does not comply with any recognised standard or definition of “rapid transit”.

To define the JVL line as rapid transit, in order to permit high-density residential development along the line, is cynical and misleading.

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Totara Park side track-building

Please help us add the final jewel to the crown of Johnsonville’s newest walking track at Totara Park! Work is under way on the side track leading to a picnic table with great views. It will continue fortnightly until complete.

Meet at 1pm at the fork in the main track, about 35m down from the McLintock Street entrance. Contact Graeme Sawyer, Totara Park Track Build Coordinator, ph 0274441748.

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WCC Roadworks Updates – May 2021

Please find a link to the latest information on WCC maintenance work planned for May across Wellington. Roadworks May 2021

As always, weather and other factors can impact on the planned programme. For the latest information, please check out the weekly roadworks report on the WCC website. https://wellington.govt.nz/-/media/parking-roads-and-transport/parking-and-roads/road-works/files/weekly-bulletins/road-works.pdf

Note that the information in the spreadsheet does not include work for other organisations working in the road corridor such as Wellington Water and Wellington Electricity, nor details of building works that require access to the road or footpath. 

If you would like more information or have any questions about the roadworks, contact WCC on (04) 499 4444.

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Public Q&A on WCC Long Term Plan

JCA is hosting a free public forum on the Wellington City Council’s Long Term Plan 2021-2031.


Come hear how the Northern suburbs stand to benefit from the proposals to allocate Council spending, leading to annual increases to your rates.


Key panel speakers are Diane Calvert (Wharangi/Onslow-Western Ward Councillor and WCC Economic Development Portfolio holder) and Jill Day (Takapū/Northern Ward Councillor and WCC Strategy & Policy Committee Chair).


Date: Thursday 29 April 2021

Time: 1930-2100

Location: Collective Community Hub, 1/33 Johnsonville Road

YouTube live stream: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmBkWhhukCPzp4_fYRtCXQw


The WCC Long Term Plan is open for submissions until 10 May 2021. You can have your say here: https://www.letstalk.wellington.govt.nz/hub-page/long-term-plan

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Monthly JCA Meeting: April 2021

Here is the agenda for this month’s JCA meeting, and the minutes from last month.

31 March 2021 minutes

28 April 2021 agenda


Date: Wednesday 28 April 2021

Time: 7:30-9:00pm

Location: Johnsonville Community Centre, Room 2


This month, we’ll be focusing on the following:


– Totara Park track completion (wahoo!)

– Next steps in triaging historic material in cabinets moved to Collective Community Hub

– JCA-hosted public events on GWRC and WCC Long Term Plans (the latter to come this Thurs, 29/04)

– Submissions from JCA on both LTPs

– WCC proposals for improvements to public safety around the Johnsonville bus hub


We hope to see you there!

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WCC Roadworks Updates- April 2021

Please find attached the latest information on WCC maintenance work planned for April across Wellington.

As always, weather and other factors can impact on the planned programme. For the latest information, please check out the weekly roadworks report on the WCC website. https://wellington.govt.nz/-/media/parking-roads-and-transport/parking-and-roads/road-works/files/weekly-bulletins/road-works.pdf

Note that the information in the spreadsheet does not include work for other organisations working in the road corridor such as Wellington Water and Wellington Electricity, nor details of building works that require access to the road or footpath.

If you would like more information or have any questions about the roadworks, contact WCC on (04) 499 4444.

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Free Speaker Event (18/03/2021): WCC Manager Transport & Infrastructure Bradley Singh

Thursday 18 March 7:30pm – 9:00pm 

Location: Collective Community Hub, 33 Johnsonville Road

Bradley Singh, WCC’s Manager of Transport & Infrastructure, will speak about the Council’s current roading improvement projects in our area.  

Brad’s presentation covers the road surfacing programme, its constraints, and how Council chooses between asphalt and chipseal.  He is also able to address other roading matters. 

There will be a public Q&A afterwards.

This event is hosted by the Johnsonville Community Association in conjunction with the Collective Community Hub. 

Livestream of the event can be viewed on the JCA YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoWmbPfNbcs

Brad’s presentation slides can be downloaded here:

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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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