SESSION THEME | Place-based Visions


Wanaka Masterplan Activation Trial

Thursday 2 April,  

Unprecedented population and tourism growth and private greenfield developments are putting pressure on Wānaka's transport network. There is clear conflict between the values of a people-focussed town centre connected to the lakeside and one that is easy to get to while retaining the Wānaka town centre's unique character.

Queenstown Lakes District Council commissioned Stantec (working with Jasmax) to use immersive engagement techniques, alongside the business case process to support the development of a masterplan and integrated transport programme.

Co-design principles were used with stakeholders to develop options built upon evidence-based decision making. A community reference group tested concepts and supported the development of authentic key messages. A four-day activation trial was implemented that saw streets and lakeside parks closed to cars with a one-way system put in place to unite the town centre and adjoining open spaces with the lake. Community feedback was captured, while people enjoyed the reclaimed street space.

The scale of the activation challenged people's thinking leading the activation to play a significant role in promoting discussion and debate about the options presented. Evidence from the Activation was reviewed including the impact to the transport network from the trial and community preferences identified through surveying. A facilitated workshop presented this information and resulted in a preferred option which will be debated by the new council after the 2019 elections.

The project is considered a novel approach for NZ. Using tactical urbanism to enable robust debate within the community about the trade-offs and challenges associated with transformation. The approach helped translate community values into a draft investment programme.

Presenter:  Daniel Pouwels

Stakeholder Engagement Consultant, Stantec

Daniel supports local and central government clients to deliver business cases and design solutions for infrastructure challenges. He is an experienced co-design practitioner.


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