Lower Hutt Central PDA


This PDA – the Central City Transformation Plan (CCTP) – is Lower Hutt Central’s Spatial Plan. It recommends a direction and vision for the city’s development to ensure its livability for the community.

Nine spatial planning principles inform the plan which integrates other city centre projects on micro mobility, infrastructure, and flood protection.

The plan highlights the need for private investment and residential development through the city.

Approved by Hutt City Council in March 2019, the CCTP includes a range of options and locations for residential intensification which offers the potential to increase inner city living.

RiverLink will act as a catalyst for future growth and development for both public and private development. It is a complex and interconnected programme of works, designed to transform Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai (Lower Hutt). It includes works covering flood protection, transport improvements and urban revitalisation.

The project is phased over five years. Melling upgrades include a new Melling Bridge, moving the train station and building a new pedestrian cycle bridge landing directly into the CBD. Connecting inner city residents living in the CBD to multiple transport options. The streetscape upgrades will enhance liveability, whereby increasing development opportunities across the catchment area.

Hutt City Council is implementing plan changes to enable intensification in residential and commercial areas.

IAF funding of $98.9M was awarded to Hutt City Council to ensure infrastructure upgrades to enable housing development of 3500 dwellings within the Central City regeneration catchment. It extends west from the Stop bank, east to Waterloo Station and south in Alicetown to north in Avalon.


  • To improve people’s access to amenities and employment opportunities by providing housing within easy access to people’s work, education, recreation, leisure, and shopping as well as being within walking distance to public and rapid transit
  • To enable opportunities for a mix of housing types to include public housing, papakāinga as well as affordable and market housing. It will include development of more than 3,500 houses in a way that protects our natural environment. 
  • To deliver an attractive and healthy town centre that functions well for locals, business, and visitors.

Partnership with Kainga Ora (and others) to explore various housing and funding opportunities.  It will provide a mechanism for enhancing central government agencies involvement and contribution to enabling the desired development aspirations and opportunities within Lower Hutt Central.


Under development