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. 

The process used to develop the Sydenham Master Plan

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 →
Implementation 
Actions implemented by community and Council (capital projects delivered as funding made available).

Vision, goals and actions

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].

Implementation progress

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 is being developed on the former Sydenham School site.
  • Public spaces have been provided on Colombo Street, including the provision of seating and other amenities on a newly acquired site on the SW corner of Battersea Street.
  • The temporary Sydenham Pod Park on the SE corner of Wordsworth Street has recently been decommissioned, as the site is 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).

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

Current projects

Projects currently underway include:

  • 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 corridor improvements.
  • New street tree planters have been 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].