The Sydenham Master Plan contains a strategic vision whereby Sydenham will retain and strengthen its unique identity as a place of industry, action and innovation.

An artist's impression of Colombo Street's public places

An artist's impression of Colombo Street's public places

Local people are very proud of Sydenham’s rich social history and strong sense of community.

They are now rebuilding their community following the earthquakes; having experienced the loss of much of its built heritage and disruption to its commercial centre, the Sydenham Master Plan is helping guide this recovery. 

Date Actions
April-May 2011
Project set up 
Earthquake impacts assessed, scope confirmed and key stakeholders identified.
May-June 2011
Research, information gathering 
Focus group sessions with key stakeholders and residents held. Key issues and opportunities identified.
July-August 2011
Design & feasibility testing
Technical expert workshops held. Best ways to address issues and suggestions from the community identified via a community feedback presentation.
July 2011
Prepare draft master plan 
Master plan drafted. Endorsed by Community Board. Approved by Council for public notification.
August-October 2011
Consultation 
Public consultation held and 43 submissions received.
November 2011-May 2012
Follow up investigations, revisions 
Submissions analysed. Further investigations as needed. Community Board recommendation not to hear submissions endorsed by Council. Amendments to draft master plan.
June 2012
Adoption
Sydenham Master Plan adopted by Council.
July 2012 onwards
Implementation 
Actions implemented by community and Council (capital projects delivered as funding made available).

The Sydenham Master Plan contains a strategic vision whereby Sydenham will retain and strengthen its unique identity as a place of industry, action and innovation.

The vision is supported by eight goals, which are to be delivered through twenty-six detailed implementation actions. These encourage Council, private sector, community and government-led decision-making to align and move forward together in a logical sequence.

The vision, goals and actions are mapped in the Executive Summary and described in detail in section 4 of the Sydenham Master Plan [PDF, 2.9 MB].

Sydenham billboard

Billboard erected as part of Sydenham marketing and attraction campaign.

Key successes to date include:

  • A marketing and attraction campaign resulted in the rebranding of the area and the business association as the Sydenham Quarter and included the erection of banners and billboards
  • Design and character guidance has been prepared and is available to landowners
  • Gateway artwork has been installed on Colombo St and continues to enhance the northern entrance to the Sydenham area
  • A road corridors review has been completed to inform the movement and public realm actions in the Master Plan and future funding allocation
  • A new residential development comprising ground floor retail and 76 one and two bedroom units has been completed on the former Sydenham School site.
  • Public spaces have been provided on Colombo Street, including the provision of seating and other amenities on a site on the SW corner of Battersea Street.
  • The temporary Sydenham Pod Park on the SE corner of Wordsworth Street has been decommissioned and now reused as a shelter in a public wetland setting to be developed.
  • Recovery-supportive District Plan amendments which reduce on-site car parking requirements for activities in neighbourhood centres and which meet certain qualifications (e.g. access to public transport and major cycle routes).
  • Staff have worked closely with Fletcher Living to return some of the original artefacts in Buchan Park to its housing development, on the former Sydenham Schools site.
  • Street planters are installed along Colombo Street and are being maintained by the business community and supported by the Sydenham Quarter.

To view the corresponding master plan actions, go to pages 26 and 27 in the Sydenham Master Plan [PDF, 2.9 MB].

  • Funding has been allocated in the Council's 2018-28 Long Term Plan for several projects identified in the master plan, including a remodel of Buchan Park and Colombo Street streetscape improvements.
  • Buchan Park remodel is scheduled to be completed during the 2021-22 financial years.
  • Action N4 Relinquish Carlyle Park is currently in progress.

To view the corresponding master plan actions, go to pages 26 and 27 in the Sydenham Master Plan [PDF, 2.9 MB].