The Wellington Regional Leadership Committee has been through a process to identify a number of Complex Development Opportunities (CDOs) to assist in providing a focused set of urban development projects for the region consistent with the Wellington Regional Growth Framework spatial plan.

This activity has also been undertaken by other Urban Growth Agenda regions across the country.

Typically, CDOs are urban development projects that are identified as:

  1. offering opportunities for accelerated and/or significant development to accommodate projected future growth;
  2. are complex: so partnership is required to deliver them at the desired pace and scale, and
  3. are in a key location to give effect to spatial plans / WRLC objectives.

Our current list of CDO’s have the potential to deliver significant housing and other benefits to the region, and support WRLC’s objectives.

The CDO approach offers significant benefits to the region such as:

  • Ensuring that the right agencies are involved in the project from the start, which enables collective planning, problem-solving, decision-making, and risk mitigation
  • Formalising project partnerships between central government, local government and iwi.
  • Involving central government agencies and therefore increasing access to central government resources
  • The projects are highlighted at the top political level, which helps to identify issues for the WRLC and clear hurdles
  • Improving communication of project progress, including communicating issue and risk mitigation measures to all project stakeholders
  • Improving transparency of the efforts of all project partners.

WRLC projects selected as CDOs are:

Project Lead agency
Featherston Masterplan Development
LGWM – Courtenay Place to Newtown
Porirua Northern Growth Area
Waterloo Station Transport Oriented Development

These projects were selected from a long list of 34 because they:

  1. are agreed, defined and resourced projects, with articulated desired outcomes
  2. contribute to WLRC objectives, significant housing and other benefits to the region
    • Align with government direction / policies
    • Offer opportunities for accelerated and/or significant development
    • Offer affordable, inclusive and diverse housing opportunities
    • Enable Māori housing aspirations and process delivery
    • Have proximity or good access to local employment
    • Support a transformational shift to a low carbon future, including supports transformational shift to PT and active modes
    • Encourage sustainable, resilience and affordable settlement patterns/urban forms
    • Support protection and enhancement of the natural environment
    • Hazard mitigated including addressing climate change impacts
  1. Are complex in nature, where partnership between local and central government is essential due to scale, pace, complexity
  2. Are a mix of large and small sites, and short and long-term opportunities, so that when considered in context of the whole list, there
    • Have a scope within a well-defined geographical area

Some projects don’t quite meet the CDO criteria but may do in future.  These are our “projects to watch”:


Projects to watch:

Johnsonville – WCC
Lincolnshire Farm – WCC
Paraparaumu central area – KCDC
Tara Ika – HDC
Titahi Bay – PCC
West-East connection – WRLC


Where to from here?

  • The CDO projects will form Project Task Groups, to team up with central government, iwi and local government partners to deliver the projects
  • A project protocol will be established to support issue resolution and ensure transparency
  • Regular reporting to the WRLC and Government ministers will elevate the projects and ensure that the partnerships are effective, and progress is being monitored
  • Because these lists are not an end point or definitive, but rather a living evolving process with continual opportunities to add to them, processes will be in place to regularly to:

o    monitor the two lists, and continuously assess projects’ suitability to remain on the lists

o    regularly assess all projects to ensure that projects are elevated into the lists as the need arises.