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Generation Zero wants more intense development and upzoning

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Generation Zero strongly supports the Wellington Spatial Plan – and wants the City Council to go further in enabling more intensification and upzoning in Wellington. The Spatial Plan is a crucial opportunity to create a low-carbon city that is vibrant and affordable.

“Our current development pattern of pushing people away from jobs and transport links – forcing them into high-carbon lifestyles – is not sustainable if we want to hit our climate targets,” says Marko from Generation Zero.

“House prices and rents are skyrocketing while many people live cold, draughty and mouldy homes that are the worst quality in the country and some of the worst in the OECD. But people have no choice but to take these houses due to the massive housing shortage in the city.”

In response to those calling for less housing, Marko said that “more people in Wellington is a good thing. It means more economic development, shops, community groups, festivals and events. And when you try to say ‘no’ to population growth what you’re actually saying is ‘no’ to all the skilled workers, amazing musicians and artists, creative and driven students and many other talented and diverse people who want to make Wellington home.

The Draft Spatial Plan aims to set a blueprint for more housing as the city grows. “Enabling more dwellings in Wellington through densification, where people want to live, is the one major thing this council can do to curb high prices and rents. This plan isn’t just about planning for growth, but about meeting the housing shortage that has built up over the past few decades and continues to grow every single day.”

Generation Zero also asked the Council to be sensible on heritage and character protection. “The current system of having all seven inner suburbs ban any new development on heritage grounds is madness. The plan is already a massive compromise – we think that more housing should be allowed. A narrow view of heritage that only includes colonial history while people live in garages, inhale black mould and the planet warms is not the way forward.”

“The Spatial Plan is not a silver bullet for our housing woes. But it’s one of the best options we have. A housing crisis isn’t an inevitability. It is solvable and one major part of the solution is passing a strong Spatial Plan.”

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  1. Claire, 2. December 2020, 9:57

    Most people agree that we need more housing. But let’s not wreck Wellington in the process. You have repeated this mould thing again. Most mould is leaky cladding in apartments. Landlords are now legislated against for presenting mouldy homes. These issues of course can be presented emotionally.There are also high body corporate body fees, insurance, and siesmic issues with higher apartment buildings that may put people off.
    There are plenty of places ie Adelaide Road and other brown field areas that can be acquired under roading needs. Even in Newtown some of the commercial strip is zoned four storeys. This is complex and housing needs to be added thoughtfully and with much better design than we have had. This isn’t about pre 1930 zones stopping development – that’s is a scapegoat. There has been a lack of will and competence from the council and
    the Govt to plan and build in appropriate places. Hopefully a plan with sensible placement of housing and matching the new numbers in population, will win out.

  2. I blame remuera, 2. December 2020, 11:56

    @Claire. Have you rented in any of those properties recently? I suspect you have not or else you would not be making such comments. What is wrecking Wellington are members of the residents associations, who can see headline after headline about homelessness, rheumatic disease, rent costs being the most unaffordable as a share of income in the OECD, and about the climate havoc being wrecked by long commutes, and yet who insist on sticking their fingers in their ears and shouting down any suggestion that supply might be the problem.

    The non-sense in the comments here on scoop is mind-boggling; no, developers aren’t saints but on what planet are “Hobby Landlords” who extract exorbitant rents for mouldy shacks not far, far worse? I think people with these opinions need to realise that city living is not for them, you can’t expect stasis in a place characterized by a concentration of people and their changing needs.

  3. Peter Steven, 2. December 2020, 14:15

    @Claire I agree with the commenter above – might be time to pack your bags if you have such a problem with density in our capital city.

  4. Paul, 2. December 2020, 17:52

    Why grow? Sustained growth is a cancer is it not?

  5. Dave B, 2. December 2020, 18:03

    Having been a home-owner and landlord for many years, I would say that most mould in homes is caused by occupants failing to ventilate them properly. People generate moisture by breathing, cooking, showering, washing clothes, watering indoor plants etc, and this moisture has to be managed. Before the recent move to install forced ventilation, the answer was to make a habit of opening the windows at appropriate times to let this moisture out, particularly after showering and cooking. Also wiping-off condensation forming on cold surfaces such as windows and making sure the water thus collected is got rid of, not returned to the indoor air. But generations of occupants have failed do this and a whole mythology has grown up around “damp housing”. I would say only in a minority of cases is the problem attributable to ingress of external dampness. Most dampness is fixable by manual or forced ventilation, but not if it is leaking in from outside.

  6. Julienz, 2. December 2020, 18:41

    @Paul – Absolutely. Perhaps students could remain in their family home and go to their local and then they would not have to live in a mouldy flat in a different city. I get sick of being told by people like Marko that previous generations are the problem when we were the ones who restrained our child bearing in the hopes of controlling population growth and a million of us left the country to keep the NZ population down but successive governments decided they needed to replace natural decrease by pumping up immigration and now we have a housing crisis. Look back at the Values Party, the precursor of the Greens, and the world’s first environmentalist party. Their policy was zero-population growth and that was when we had 3 million people. It is time New Zealand accepted it has a carrying capacity that guarantees a decent standard of living and we are probably already past it. People born here leaving the country are sending a message. Instead of packing people in like sardines, just have less people. If people are the problem fewer people might be the solution.

  7. Pseudopanax, 2. December 2020, 18:51

    Who is calling for less housing? No one that I know of. Gen Zero are either in the pay of developers or dangerously naive if they think the Spatial Plan will supply ‘affordable housing’ disabled access etc etc. A new 70 unit apartment block in Newtown has no space for cycles. As if creatives will flock to live in tiny apartments in towers like in Victoria St. I don’t think so. Why do you think they want to be here in the first place? Can I suggest that Gen Zero and @I blame Remuera expose those Landlords who break the law and rent out properties with ‘Black Mould’ instead of wanting to replace what character is left in our beautiful city with cold dark wind tunnels. How dare they suggest that our sunny homes are unhealthy or represent Colonialism! Please consider Bucharest or Singapore when planning your next move!

  8. Julienz, 2. December 2020, 18:52

    @Dave B. I say the biggest contributor to dampness and mould is drying clothes on drying racks inside houses and apartments. If a house has an outside area then it should have a clothes line. Drying on a balcony is better than inside and we need to get over not liking to look at it.

  9. Claire, 2. December 2020, 18:56

    I love remuera and Peter Steven: everyone knows we need more housing. BUT it’s where you put it. Adelaide Road and the main commercial strip in Newtown are available and have been for decades but still no housing on it. Ask the Spatial planners why. You need to think about this in a critical way. And hey Newtown is no Remuera. And I guess I will stay.!

  10. Claire, 2. December 2020, 19:00

    Dave good comments on mould. Wellington is a wet damp city, and steps can be taken to insulate, ventilate and heat. The landlords are buzzing around Newtown at the moment putting in heat pumps and insulation. There must be a deadline looming.