Wellington's suburban businesses told to pay their way
If suburban businesses in Wellington want growth they will have to pay for it.
Wellington city council says it will not be "out-sourcing" its obligations to suburban business leaders under a new plan to drive suburban business growth.
The council's strategy and policy committee has signed off on a business improvement districts policy which will be considered at next week’s council meeting.
The policy would allow businesses in suburbs such as Johnsonville and Newtown to form districts and use a self-funding mechanism, through targeted rates, to pay for improvements to the area.
Those improvements could include landscaping or promotion and marketing of the retail area.
Economic portfolio leader councillor Jo Coughlan says the policy has been driven by a call from community and business leaders around the suburbs.
She says the policy would cater for projects not currently funded through local rates.