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Pre-1930s Character Area Review

An innovative, geo-spatial approach to data collection and reporting

Wellington City Council (WCC) commissioned Boffa Miskell to undertake a stocktake of the six pre-1930 character areas contained in the Residential chapter of the Wellington City District Plan. The study included a review of the ‘on the ground’ character of these areas that primarily focused on the level of concentration of pre-1930 buildings, and the extent to which those buildings contribute to ‘townscape’ and/or ‘streetscape’ character.

In additional to a comprehensive data set on the relevant properties, WCC wanted a flexible tool that would enable them to easily and effectively engage with a diverse range of audiences in real-time. It was also important that residents were able to access the information independently, rather than having to go to the council office, or being required to attend a scheduled engagement session.

The review needed to display significant amounts of data in a way that would be meaningful at a range of scales – from individual properties, to streets, to the entire area. Taking a geospatial approach to data collection, analysis, field verification and reporting enabled the project team to deliver on all fronts.

The project team configured proprietary software to create a cost-effective method of desktop data collection, which then freed time and budget for a comprehensive field verification of property data. Field verification was undertaken by 2-3 person field teams using an iPad app.

Leveraging off the data collected, the ArcGIS platform enabled development of a series of area-specific dashboards with interactive charts and statistics.

Using ArcGIS Story Maps to convey this information to the viewer provides a bespoke engagement tool that is intuitive to navigate and filter to find information.

Our role

Project management, character area survey and technical services (GIS)

The facts

ClientWellington City Council
Project teamGreg Vossler
Hayley Hume-Merry
Marc Baily
Worked with

Ian Bowman, architect and conservator

Project date2018
AwardsBest Practice Award for Strategic Planning and Guidance, NZPI Annual Awards 2019