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Newsletter 21:12 18th Nov 2021
A Reminder about the WCC Drop-in Session on Saturday!
 
Go to this event to make sure you know what is going on with the proposed WCC District Plan, the Bike Network Plan, and the Lets Get Wellington Moving proposals for Mass Rapid Transit. There are some huge changes on the horizon!

On Saturday 20 November at the Salvation Army Hall, 4 Normanby St, 11am – 3pm staff from Wellington City Council and from Lets Get Wellington Moving will be waiting to explain these projects to you.  If you can't go on Saturday there is another session next Saturday, 27th November 11am – 3pm at Prefab Hall in Jessie St.

Do get along and take all your questions!  Find out how these proposals are going to affect you. They all involve big changes to our City, so if you approve or disapprove of what is proposed please let WCC know by making submissions on each of these. LGWM - Mass Rapid Transit closes 5pm Friday December 10th and the DDP and Bike Path consultations close at 5pm on Tuesday December 14th.

Draft District Plan
Some members of the Association tuned in to a zoom meeting on Tuesday 9th November for a presentation about the Draft District Plan from WCC Planners, including Liam Hodgetts the Chief Planning Officer. This was a good session with good information. The presentation is here, and so is a document with written answers to a number of questions.

Unfortunately the session wasn't recorded, so you won't get the demonstration of how the DDP works as an interactive document.  There is a video about this at https://planningforgrowth.wellington.govt.nz/district-plan-review - scroll down to 'How to Navigate and Read the DDP'. One of the interesting things you can do is enter an address into a search field and find out about all the DDP rules that affect that property. It's a bit complicated though so we suggest you go along to one of the events and ask the officers to demonstrate it to you and explain what the rules will mean in practice. Take the opportunity to find out what sort of development might be allowed next door, or across the street, and how it might affect your sunlight or privacy. You could also find out what you might be permitted to do yourself - would you be able to build a tiny house in the backyard? Could you convert your house to flats and what consents would you need? And so on!

Bike Path from Newtown to Waitangi Park.
At the Residents' Association meeting on Monday 15th November we had a presentation about the proposed Bike Path from Newtown to Waitangi Park. See here for the outline of this Newtown to city  |  Projects - WCC Transport Projects. There was a written presentation with more detail, the link is here.

Wellington Community Gardens Open Day
And now for something completely different! The Open Day is coming up on Saturday 27 November, and everyone is invited!
From 10am to 4pm Saturday 27th November, you can visit one of Wellington's community gardens and join a working bee, learn some new skills, or just meet some fellow enthusiasts. To find out more, visit: https://wellington.govt.nz/.../community-gardens-open-day
Locations include:
🌱 Miramar Prison Garden
🌱 Innermost Gardens - Mount Victoria
🌱 Brooklyn community orchard
🌱 Kaicycle Urban Farm and Composting - Newtown
🌱 Tawa Community Garden
🌱 Dorking Road Garden
🌱 Khandallah Community Garden - Paparangi
🌱 Northern Community Garden
🌱 Tanera Gardens - Brooklyn
🌱 Te Marāmataga - Terrace Tunnel Community Garden
🌱 The Secret Garden - Te Aro
The picture is the community garden and orchard run by our neighbours in Berhampore. The Newtown Community Garden at Carrara Park has been going through a bit of a reorganisation so wasn't ready to be on show this year - maybe next year! For now you could join up with its Facebook group and keep an eye on its progress.
Newtown Residents' Association Membership 
Would you like to join us?

 
Anyone who has an interest in Newtown and the surrounding suburbs can join, and it is a great way to show support for the Association. It only costs a gold coin, because we don't want there to be any financial barrier to joining. 
 
To join, or renew membership, please fill in this form: Newtown Residents’ Association Membership Form. However you don’t have to be a member to come to our meetings – everyone is welcome!
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