Innovative alternatives to traditional low-density housing
Rapid household growth and increasing urbanisation is an issue in Nelson and adjacent Richmond. To address this issue the two district councils commissioned Boffa Miskell (with MWH) to undertake 20-year development studies for both urban areas.
Growth projections showed a shortfall of available areas for residential and business growth. The challenge was: how to accommodate a quickly growing population where traditional forms of development could be in conflict with productive, ecological and landscape values, transportation accessibility, and the provision of quality urban work/life environments.
Innovative alternatives to traditional low-density housing were proposed which would intensify development within urban centres, preserve clear boundaries between urban and rural places, and give people more choice of living environments.
Community interest was successfully engaged: – options for urban intensification around nodal centres on key transport routes attracted considerable community support.
In 2006, both councils recognised that their urban growth issues were inter-related and agreed to a joint approach to guide future planning in the ‘sub region’.
The first growth area in the southern part of Richmond has been statutorily provided for via a structure plan with design controls intended to provide a contained, green, connected and distinctive residential area for some 1000 households. Other growth areas are being planned using similar techniques.
Urban planning, landscape assessment, consultation, statutory planning and project management.
|Client||Tasman District Council, Nelson City Council|
|Project team||Marc Baily|
MWH (infrastructure planning, demographic analysis)