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The City Vision is an over-arching strategy that sets a direction and framework for Napier City Councils new way of working. It was adopted by Council in 2016, and establishes a range of potential future projects using a new lighter, quicker, cheaper and more collaborative approach to interactions with the business and wider community. Although City Vision includes multiple strategies and initiatives, these should be viewed purely as ideas, rather than as a programme of projects to be ticked off at pre-determined times. Cities and opportunities continually evolve and this document marks a moment in time. Initiatives included in City Vision will only come to fruition if the time is right and the initiative is seen as a priority project.

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  • CITY VISION FRAMEWORK

    Part AThe Framework

  • DISCLAIMERThis document (Report) has been produced independently by Wilkinson Urban Design and Placemaking (The consultant) on the request of the Napier City Council (Client) for the City Vision project.

    The information, statements, statistics and commentary (together the Information) contained in this Report have been prepared from publicly available material, research and analysis by the consultant and from discussions held with stakeholders. The consultant does not express an opinion as to the accuracy or completeness of the information provided, the assumptions made by the parties that provided the information or any conclusions reached by those parties.

    The consultant has based this Report on information received or obtained, on the basis that such information is accurate and, where it is represented to the consultant as such, complete. The Information contained in this Report has not been subject to an audit.

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    PART A - CITY VISION FRAMEWORKEXECUTIVE SUMMARY 401 INTRODUCTION 51.1 INTRODUCTION 61.2 FRAMEWORK STRUCTURE DIAGRAM 71.3 WHAT NAPIER HAS TO OFFER 81.4 NAPIERS CHALLENGES 10

    02 CITY VISION PRINCIPLES & SUMMARY 112.1 CITY VISION PRINCIPLES 122.2 AREA FRAMEWORK SUMMARIES 14

    2.3 CITY VISION FRAMEWORK DIAGRAM 15

    03 AREA FRAMEWORKS 163.1 CENTRAL CITY STRATEGIES 173.2 AHURIRI STRATEGIES 223.3 WATERFRONT & PORT STRATEGIES 273.4 WATERFRONT ELEMENTS 333.5 WATERFRONT DESIGN CONCEPTS 34

    04 DELIVERING THE CITY VISION 364.1 DELIVERY PROCESS 374.2 PRIORITY PROJECTS & PROJECT CRITERIA 38

    PART B - PROJECT AREA OUTLINES 41 PART C - CITY LIFE 57PART D - CONTEXT AND ANALYSIS 71

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    The City Vision 2015 sets the vision and strategic framework to guide Napier to an integrated and exciting future, where opportunities are grasped with both hands, and our city is both beautiful and memorable. The Vision reinforces the three key areas of the city: the City Centre; Ahuriri; and the Waterfront as the

    showcase for shopping, professional services, creative talent and visitor attractions. Our warm and sunny

    climate, flat floodplains, and beachfront location make an outdoor lifestyle easy, and our beautiful Art Deco architecture makes us unique in the world. Our Port is our link to export markets for locally grown produce,

    and is the arrival point for thousands of cruise ship visitors.

    A key component of the City vision is the 6 City Vision Principles. These underpin any future decisions made

    on projects and guide Council in how it will operate its priorities, its relationship with the community and

    stakeholders, and its internal working environment.

    The Area Framework strategies and initiatives have been informed by a comprehensive urban analysis of

    those opportunities presented by the natural and built context, and will provide direction on future projects

    for Council.

    Collaboration is key to the way Council will work in the future collaboration within Council; collaboration

    with other government agencies; and collaboration with the private sector and community. To remain agile,

    transparent and to respond to opportunities Council will prioritise projects on a set of criteria that embraces

    this philosophy.

    By working together, we can shape a Napier that is a vibrant, beautiful and prosperous city, and a great place

    to live and visit.

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    HOW TO USE THIS DOCUMENTPart A The City Vision Framework.

    The City Vision Principles underpin the new approach to coordinated city development and influence how each new future project is developed.

    Three Area Frameworks outline broad strategies and initiatives, and facilitate a transparent and

    coordinated approach for future projects.

    City Vision Delivery sets out how the strategy will be delivered and how future projects will be

    prioritised.

    Part B provides some visuals and further details about the project initiatives that will illustrate the

    concepts put forward without actually designing the product.

    Part C contains the City Life Strategy and outlines categories of city life and a seasonal approach.

    Part D contains the detailed analysis and information used in the formation of this strategy. CITY VISION DELIVERY

    CITY CENTREFRAMEWORK

    AHURIRIFRAMEWORK

    WATERFRONT & PORTFRAMEWORK

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    INTRODUCTION

    Napier is a small city with big ideas and an equally big attitude.

    The central business district, Ahuriri and the world-class waterfront is Napiers shop front to the world. It is

    the centre of commerce and professional services, and where visitors and locals head to shop, dine and be

    entertained. It is a hub for visitor accommodation and where the majority of Napiers attractions are located.

    These locations will be the core focus of the city vision, although the foundation principles and philosophies

    are transferable across the district.

    Napier (and the Hawkes Bay region) is perfectly placed to become the cycling mecca of New Zealand, with

    its sunny climate, flat terrain, and already established cycling pathways and linkages. Smart investment in the right infrastructure, and development oriented toward car-less mobility will further grow the cycling culture

    and cement Napiers future as a vibrant cosmopolitan regional city.

    The City Vision seeks to improve peoples depth of experience. The city is shaped by the decisions made on

    future development, making it critical that there is a real focus on quality design. The foresight of Napiers

    planners and architects post 1931 earthquake has gifted Napiers citizens an internationally renowned Art

    Deco city of a style and concentration seen nowhere else in the world. This, combined with our sunny warm

    weather, proximity to wineries and beaches, and extensive cycling trails sets Napier apart from other cities in

    New Zealand. Demanding that future changes to the citys public realm be of world-class design will ensure

    that we are building a legacy that is as strong as that which exists today.

    1.1 CITY VISION OVERVIEW

    PROJECT OBJECTIVES

    The following objectives have guided the focus of the process:

    Objective 1

    Enable the city centre, Ahuriri and Waterfront in a way that enhances the development of Napier and cements its place as

    an iconic destination.

    Objective 2

    Encourage public-private partnerships that result in the creative use of space and investment beyond property boundaries.

    Objective 3

    Identify, value and enhance the character of the City Centre, Ahuriri and the Waterfront, and improve connections

    between these places.

    Objective 4

    Celebrate and strengthen the unique offerings of the City Centre, Ahuriri and the Waterfront to create three

    complimentary destinations as part of a world-class experience.

    Objective 5

    Recognise the importance of the Port and Airport, and other integrated infrastructure to secure the future economic

    vibrancy of Napier.

    Equally important is the life that exists within the city spaces the everyday happenings, places to meet your friends, fun and

    vibrancy that people now expect to have in the heart of city spaces. Napier will have a seasonal programme packed full of things

    to do, so theres always a good reason to head into the city.

    Napier is blessed with a developer, business and entrepreneur community who is passionate about the city and is eager to work

    with others to realise their aspirations to build a better Napier. Building closer relationships and working in partnership with this

    community, being open to innovation, and making our goals clear and regulation easy will support those with a role in shaping

    the city to get on with getting the job done.

    The City Vision will not be a report to sit on the shelves of Council staff, nor will it be a glossy coffee-table publication with

    little substance. The City Vision is about changing the ways Council interact with the community and respond to development

    opportunities. Its about having clear priorities and driving a culture-shift. There is inherent risk in Council determining what

    development will happen where, when land title is held privately and the free market is quick to respond to opportunities as

    they arise. The City Vision presents a more agile approach, whilst pursuing those areas where Council has greater influence, and where business partnerships can be realised for future development.

    The City Vision will turn the traditional model of development model on its head. A typical Council project can take years of

    research and planning before spending thousands or even millions on construction with the very real risk that the project isnt

    quite the success Council thought it would be, and having to make costly changes to layout. The City Vision challenges this

    approach by using low-cost, quick-start experiments to test ideas. The approach has an engagement through action philosophy,

    with projects commencing before the ink has dried on the paper for this strategy.

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    FUNDING

    WORK-STREAMS

    ENABLING COUNCIL CULTURE - RESPONSIVE, INNOVATIVE, AGILE, AND COLLABORATIVE.

    CITY CENTRE FRAMEWORK

    PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST