City Centre Strategy

  • Project typeInfrastructure
  • Contractor nameIsthmus Group
  • Completion Date01 April 2024
Upper Hutt City Centre Strategy

We’re developing a strategy to transform Upper Hutt’s city centre over the next 30 years.  

We can’t do this alone and will be working with the community to shape a shared vision for our city centre that provides a pathway for future development. 

The purpose of the strategy 

A recently completed City Centre Transformation Assessment highlighted that a strategy for the city centre is needed to help prioritise and action a wide range of possible options. 

While there are several great projects throughout Upper Hutt, driven by both Council and private business, they generally occur in isolation.  

This strategy will build upon previous work on how Council can best receive, prioritise and support initiatives and opportunities throughout the city centre, in conjunction with wider developments. 

Why we’re doing this 

Upper Hutt’s population is projected to reach almost 66,000 by 2050; a population increase of more than 18,000 people who will need convenient access to high quality services and products. 

Upper Hutt central is also expected to require almost 2,500 more dwellings than we currently have. 

Meanwhile, vacancy rates in commercial premises in the city have almost doubled over the last two years. When retail stores in the city centre close, they are often replaced by more service-oriented businesses.  

62% of businesses closing in the city centre since 2020 have had a retail focus, but only 46% of new city centre businesses are retail focused.  

Once this stage is complete, we will be able to implement actions that deliver the community’s aspirations for our city centre. 

Who we’re working with

Isthmus Group has been selected to support us in this work due to its prior experience in helping other councils with centre developments. Head to to view some of the company’s recent work. 

Community engagement

We’re meeting with a stakeholder advisory group to inform this piece of work, this group is a mix of business operators, landowners, mana whenua, residents, rangatahi, accessibility, multi-cultural representatives and large-scale development leads. 

Members of the community can share their views at drop-in sessions or through our online form.  

This will help us achieve a shared vision for the future of our city centre, by understanding the expectations and aspirations of residents and visitors. 

Drop-in sessions were held between 25 – 30 September at 122 Main St, Upper Hutt (Corner of Main and Geange Streets). Submission forms are still available at Central Library.


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