Featherston Masterplan PDA


In 2020, Featherston’s population of 2,615 was projected to grow by 800 (and 428 households) by 2050. That projection has now more than doubled to 1,730, and 940 new dwellings.

This growth highlights Featherston’s attractiveness as a place to live, and also reflects an increased ability to both work from home, and to commute into Wellington.

The ‘South Wairarapa Spatial Plan – Residential Growth’, adopted in December 2021, prioritised Featherston as the first South Wairarapa town to be master planned. Featherston is identified as suitable for transit-oriented development (TOD) in the district’s Spatial Plan and in the Wellington Regional Growth Framework.


The purpose of the Featherston Masterplan CDO is to create a plan for Featherston which captures the community’s vision for how it wants to look in the future. The Masterplan will guide Featherston’s growth, with a focus on ensuring housing of mixed densities and choice, main street activation, and the sufficient infrastructure to connect businesses, services, housing, character, amenities, walkability, and development of the station.

Metrics / Objectives

to come


Initial Engagement – Early 2022
Foundation Discussion Document Feedback – August 2022
Preferred concept option adopted – September 2022
Detailed Masterplan developed Report – December 2022
Formal Consultation – March 2023
Hearings – TBC
Masterplan, implementation plan adopted – TBC

Up to date information on the Featherston Master Plan can also be viewed on the South Wairarapa District Council website.