The Selwyn Street Shops Master Plan sets out a community-agreed vision for Selwyn Street and the critical actions to achieve it. It was adopted by Council in in July 2012.

The Selwyn Street local people appreciated their local centre and the convenient shopping and services it provided.

They are now rebuilding their community following the earthquakes and the loss of much of its built heritage and the disruption to its retail and business life.

Taking care to plan Selwyn Street’s commercial centre post-earthquake is critical to ensure the centre will be the best it can be. 

Date Actions
July 2011
Project set up 
Earthquake impacts assessed, scope confirmed and key stakeholders identified.
August 2011
Research, information gathering 
Focus group sessions with key stakeholders and residents held. Key issues and opportunities identified.
September 2011
Design & feasibility testing
Technical expert workshops held. Best ways to address issues and suggestions from the community identified.
September - December 2011
Prepare draft master plan 
Master plan drafted. Endorsed by Community Board. Approved by Council for public notification.
December 2011-February 2012
Public consultation held and 49 submissions received.
May-June 2012
Follow up investigations, revisions 
Submissions analysed. Further investigations as needed. Community Board recommendation to hold submitters’ workshop instead of formally hearing submissions endorsed by Council. Amendments to draft master plan.
July 2012
Selwyn Street Shops Master Plan adopted by Council.
August 2012 onwards
Actions implemented by community and Council (capital projects delivered as funding made available).

The Selwyn Street Shops Master Plan contains a strategic vision to transform the centre into a prosperous, attractive place for people to live and visit, to spend time and to do business.

The vision is supported by five goals, which are to be delivered through nine detailed implementation actions/projects. 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 described in detail in section 2 and 6 of the Selwyn Street Shops Master Plan [PDF, 5.8 MB].

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Post-earthquake redevelopment in Selwyn Street.

Key successes to date include:

  • Three significant redevelopments have been completed or are underway in the centre. These include the retail shops along the east side of Selwyn Street and the rebuild of the church hall next to Selwyn Street Reserve.
  • Planning for a proposed development of 29 new homes and a commercial unit is underway for the site on the corner of Rosewarne Street, Selwyn Street and Coronation Street.

To view the corresponding master plan actions, go to page 26 in the Selwyn Street Shops Master Plan [PDF, 5.8 MB].

Under the 2021-31 Long Term Plan (LTP), funding is allocated to deliver a streetscape and movement project (S1) in 2022/23.

To view the corresponding master plan actions, go to page 26 in the Selwyn Street Shops Master Plan [PDF, 5.8 MB].