Town Centre Rejuvenation

Injecting more life and vibrancy

In 2018 Masterton District Council committed to investing $3.63 million to inject more life and vibrancy into our town centre.

Our plans are underpinned by the Town Centre Strategy – this sets the results we want to see from investment in the town centre.

The strategy also prioritises ten key projects for us to focus on when working to deliver the above results.

Check out the ten key projects or the Town Centre Strategy summary.

The full Town Centre Strategy is available here.

Check out our FAQ page to get more detail on the Town Centre rejuvenation project and why parklets were a great way to get started.

To start with, we experimented with some temporary “placemaking” initiatives called parklets. These were small seating areas or green spaces alongside a pavement, often in former parking spaces.

These were a great way for us to explore different possibilities and find out what people in our community are keen to see more of. We ran a public survey had some really positive feedback with 55% of people supporting the initiative, you can download the results of our engagement survey to read more about the key learnings.

Check out our FAQ page to get more detail on the Town Centre rejuvenation project and why parklets were a great way to get started.

In June Masterton District Council approved plans to redevelop lower Queen Street. Construction will begin in 2021.

The project includes, widening and upgrading footpaths, creating more shared seating, upgrading lighting and removing curbs to facilitate possible pedestrianisation in the future. The plans also include new gardens and more trees. You can see what it’s going to look like here.

We’re working closely with our local businesses to mitigate any disruption while the work is completed.

In the meantime, we want to understand parking habits so that we can help manage demand. We’re asking all parking users to complete the survey. Alternatively you can call us on 06 370 6300 to complete the survey over the phone.

We want to see:

Better integration of the Waipoua River into our town centre

Better connection between our key assets, such as the Railway Station

More of a centralised hub for retail and cafes, to avoid our centre spreading out

More natural landscapes and plantings throughout the town centre.