Upper Hutt City Council

The Upper Hutt City Council provides local services and facilities, such as public transport, rubbish and recycling, libraries, parks, and recreation facilities. It also makes decisions about building and planning, local regulations, and infrastructure, such as water supply and sewerage. The council is made up of 10 councillors and the mayor. This is a first past the post (FPP) election, so you vote by ticking the name of your preferred candidate on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Upper Hutt City Council election.

Housing and planning

Local councils are responsible for land use planning under the Resource Management Act, which affects where and how new houses are constructed, as well as the design of cities and towns. In some areas, councils also provide housing to those who need it most.

Housing and planning

Local councils are responsible for land use planning under the Resource Management Act, which affects where and how new houses are constructed, as well as the design of cities and towns. In some areas, councils also provide housing to those who need it most.

  • Introduce an integrated transport plan to ensure that growing communities have good access to transport options.

  • Encourage and incentivise developers to build high-density residential housing via a reformed Council Residential Stimulus policy.

    Process building and resource consents efficiently and on-time to streamline the building process.

    Work with community housing providers to ensure we have an ample supply of emergency housing.

  • Halt the government high density development plans. We need adequate time to digest and discuss how these changes will transform our city.

    Ensure good town planning concepts such as more areas of greenspace and communal gardens are integrated amongst intensive housing plans.

    Additional costs associated with the added infrastructure required for intensive growth should not be passed on to existing ratepayers.

  • Create a council-controlled organisation to manage social housing in Upper Hutt and work with Kāinga Ora.

    Continue to liaise with organisations that provide social housing (eg UH Housing Trust) and wraparound services.

    Promote intensification of housing in the Upper Hutt CBD area, eg work with developers to provide appartments above retail/office areas.

  • Plan infrastructure to support access to transport, education, health, amenities and commercial hubs.

    Develop social housing that supports access to transport, education, health, amenities and commercial hubs.

    Streamline consenting processes to reduce cost to home builders and allow development of high-need housing.

  • Consult with community on best format for densification in areas zoned for medium and high density.

    Investigate options for 'density done well' to ensure the right mix of housing, green spaces, and commercial opportunities.

    Ensure feedback loops to the community for transparency.

  • Encourage sympathetic development in urban areas to help mitigate the need for urban sprawl.

    Support social housing projects to ensure all Upper Hutt residents have a roof over their head.

    Ensure Upper Hutt developers use sustainable practices in developments, including hydraulic neutrality.

  • Investigate whether the council should establish a social housing programme to make affordable renting available to local citizens.

    Commit to a policy of beautification in building consents. All new buildings should be built to improve the aesthetic beauty of their space.

    Commit to making Main Street into a car-free zone to improve the walkability and economic productivity of the CBD.

  • Increase the expectations on developers to create infrastructure that will be suited to the projected population 50 years from now.

    Create and implement a rental warrant of fitness that will ensure the wellbeing of all our whānau.

    Ensure that there are long term rentals available within each new development.

  • Commit to identifying suburbs that should be excluded from the housing intensification policy driven by the central government.

    Commit to supporting third party housing providers to address homelessness in our city. This is not a skill set or track record of our council.

    Commit to identifying future green field residential development including transport, schools/hospitals for our projected population growth.

  • Representing community concerns as the government makes changes to our District Plan.

    Joining the dots with services and community groups to provide help for those who need it.

    Supporting initiatives to include affordable housing in new developments.

  • Advance systemising building consent. It should be considered with a plan of promoting green living and being environmentally friendly.

    Resource support for homelessness.

    Increase affordable housing. If not, deprived living keeps increasing and ultimately affect well being of a person.

  • Quicker consent processes and less onerous red tape will help quality housing. We do not need ghettos which seems to be encouraged by some.

    More useable land for housing is a priority. This needs to be actioned immediately and this should slow the land inflation that is now rife.

    Parks and green spaces are the jewel in our crown. These will always be an important part of our city and will be protected and admired.

  • Support making council land available for affordable housing and community housing projects.

    Support active and proactive council involvement in coordinating community groups providing solutions to housing insecurity.

    Strongly support housing intensification but this must be done with consideration for transport, commuter routes and other infrastructure.

  • Broadly in favour of the building density rules, prevents urban sprawl, however better quality checks are needed to prevent leaky homes.

  • Work across the Wellington region to supply sufficient affordable housing for growing population and keep infrastructure costs affordable.

    Ensure our infrastructure can meet demands at an affordable price for existing residents.

    Supply leisure, recreation and services for all ages of our residents.

  • Introduce an integrated transport plan to ensure that growing communities have good access to transport options.

  • Encourage and incentivise developers to build high-density residential housing via a reformed Council Residential Stimulus policy.

    Process building and resource consents efficiently and on-time to streamline the building process.

    Work with community housing providers to ensure we have an ample supply of emergency housing.

  • Halt the government high density development plans. We need adequate time to digest and discuss how these changes will transform our city.

    Ensure good town planning concepts such as more areas of greenspace and communal gardens are integrated amongst intensive housing plans.

    Additional costs associated with the added infrastructure required for intensive growth should not be passed on to existing ratepayers.

  • Create a council-controlled organisation to manage social housing in Upper Hutt and work with Kāinga Ora.

    Continue to liaise with organisations that provide social housing (eg UH Housing Trust) and wraparound services.

    Promote intensification of housing in the Upper Hutt CBD area, eg work with developers to provide appartments above retail/office areas.

  • Plan infrastructure to support access to transport, education, health, amenities and commercial hubs.

    Develop social housing that supports access to transport, education, health, amenities and commercial hubs.

    Streamline consenting processes to reduce cost to home builders and allow development of high-need housing.

  • Consult with community on best format for densification in areas zoned for medium and high density.

    Investigate options for 'density done well' to ensure the right mix of housing, green spaces, and commercial opportunities.

    Ensure feedback loops to the community for transparency.

  • Encourage sympathetic development in urban areas to help mitigate the need for urban sprawl.

    Support social housing projects to ensure all Upper Hutt residents have a roof over their head.

    Ensure Upper Hutt developers use sustainable practices in developments, including hydraulic neutrality.

  • Investigate whether the council should establish a social housing programme to make affordable renting available to local citizens.

    Commit to a policy of beautification in building consents. All new buildings should be built to improve the aesthetic beauty of their space.

    Commit to making Main Street into a car-free zone to improve the walkability and economic productivity of the CBD.

  • Increase the expectations on developers to create infrastructure that will be suited to the projected population 50 years from now.

    Create and implement a rental warrant of fitness that will ensure the wellbeing of all our whānau.

    Ensure that there are long term rentals available within each new development.

  • Commit to identifying suburbs that should be excluded from the housing intensification policy driven by the central government.

    Commit to supporting third party housing providers to address homelessness in our city. This is not a skill set or track record of our council.

    Commit to identifying future green field residential development including transport, schools/hospitals for our projected population growth.

  • Representing community concerns as the government makes changes to our District Plan.

    Joining the dots with services and community groups to provide help for those who need it.

    Supporting initiatives to include affordable housing in new developments.

  • Advance systemising building consent. It should be considered with a plan of promoting green living and being environmentally friendly.

    Resource support for homelessness.

    Increase affordable housing. If not, deprived living keeps increasing and ultimately affect well being of a person.

  • Quicker consent processes and less onerous red tape will help quality housing. We do not need ghettos which seems to be encouraged by some.

    More useable land for housing is a priority. This needs to be actioned immediately and this should slow the land inflation that is now rife.

    Parks and green spaces are the jewel in our crown. These will always be an important part of our city and will be protected and admired.

  • Support making council land available for affordable housing and community housing projects.

    Support active and proactive council involvement in coordinating community groups providing solutions to housing insecurity.

    Strongly support housing intensification but this must be done with consideration for transport, commuter routes and other infrastructure.

  • Broadly in favour of the building density rules, prevents urban sprawl, however better quality checks are needed to prevent leaky homes.

  • Work across the Wellington region to supply sufficient affordable housing for growing population and keep infrastructure costs affordable.

    Ensure our infrastructure can meet demands at an affordable price for existing residents.

    Supply leisure, recreation and services for all ages of our residents.