Image of Shelly Bay with the road from Miramar Ave to where the future housing development will begin.Shelly Bay Road upgrade

We'd like your views on the planned upgrade of Shelly Bay Road, between Shelly Bay and Miramar Avenue, and the considerations, constraints and opportunities that would be involved in improving this narrow coastal area.

Improvements could include:

  • making the road environment more usable for pedestrians and people on bikes, and other road users
  • creating welcoming spaces to relax, play or access the shoreline
  • highlighting the area’s cultural, historical and environmental features
  • other ideas you may have for smaller ways to enhance the upgrade.

You can provide feedback from Friday 29 April until 5pm, Friday 27 May 2022.

We will share with you what we’ve learned from people's feedback and provide recommendations to Council on Thursday 30 June 2022.

Background

In 2019 a resource consent was granted to The Wellington Company Limited which included the requirement to upgrade Shelly Bay Road.  The minimum standard consented road works include 6m carriageway (2 x 3m-wide traffic lanes) plus a 1-1.5m-wide width for use by pedestrians and cyclists

The Council has also entered into a Development Agreement with the developer under which there are some specific requirements in terms of process and timeframes. You can learn more about the Development Agreement below.  

As such, the developer’s resource consent (which outlines the minimum requirements for the road upgrade) and the Development Agreement, have implications which will apply to some improvement options/opportunities which Council might look at.

Learn more about the Council's role in the Shelly Bay development

For information on the development, visit Shelly Bay Taikuru.  

The Council resolved to further investigate (including key stakeholder engagement), the upgrade of Shelly Bay Road between Miramar Avenue and Shelly Bay, comprising options that more closely aligned to New Zealand Transport Agency guidance as a minimum and the Great Harbour Way plan as an aspiration.  The aim is to deliver a safer and more inviting environment for walkers, cyclists and other users. You can read more in the Council paper at www.wellington.govt.nz  

The research we are doing now (including this engagement process) is being done to honour that commitment.  We are working to find the balance between what the guidelines tell us, community expectations and what can be achieved in this narrow, physically constrained environment.   

We know from previous community discussions that there is a desire to:

  • improve accessibility for walkers, cyclists, and motorists
  • protect the recreational spaces and wildlife, and connections with the shoreline.

We believe there are opportunities to explore this further either as part of the planned upgrade or as part of any future roading upgrades.

 

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In 2019 a resource consent was granted to The Wellington Company Limited which included the requirement to upgrade Shelly Bay Road.  Council has also entered into a Development Agreement with the developer under which:

  • The developer has agreed not to commence its consented road works until Council has completed the community engagement process and come to a decision about the upgrade of the road.
  • If Council decides to do road upgrade works instead of the developer’s consented road upgrade, Council must notify the developer and the delivery of the road works will need to occur within specific timeframes so that Council’s road works are not inconsistent with the requirements of the developer’s resource consent.
  • If Council decides to do a road upgrade which is not feasible within those time frames then the developer will proceed with its consented road upgrade and Council will do its road works afterwards.
  • As such, the developer’s resource consent and the Development Agreement will have implications for the relevant timeframes which will apply to some improvement options/opportunities which Council might look at.

Working with the community

We’ve looked at feedback from previous community engagements on Shelly Bay Road (including a petition) to make sure we haven’t missed anything. Officers and engineers reviewed the feedback and analysed the engineering information to identify ways to enhance the road upgrade - which we would like your feedback on.

 

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We spoke with the community on the proposed sale and lease of the Council-owned land at Shelly Bay in July 2017.  We learned peoples’ key concerns were:

  • traffic congestion and travel times with predicted population growth in the peninsula
  • having accessible, safe transport modes to support, walkers, cyclists and vehicles
  • reducing carbon emissions
  • protecting the coastline and public access to it, including the wildlife and habitats.

You can read the public views from the consultation in Shelly Bay in July 2017 on the Council's website. 

In March 2022 we invited a representative group of community stakeholders (listed in the Terms of Reference) to meet with council officers and Tonkin + Taylor to review the engineering assessments, ask questions and share their views on what is important to their communities.

You can read which groups were involved in the Terms of Reference for the Shelly Bay Advisory Group. You can read the key themes from the Advisory Group meetings.

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What do you think?

Share your feedback on upgrading Shelly Bay Road from Miramar Avenue to the edge of the future housing development.  Note that the area we are looking at does not include the road which runs through the housing development itself (which the developer is responsible for under its resource consent) or the intersection at Miramar Avenue.     

Press the 'start' button below. You will be guided through information on the project, and the considerations and opportunities in the area that have been explored.

At the end share your feedback and answer questions on how you use and/or travel through the area. Thank you.

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