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Hastings Alive – City Centre Revitalisation

The Hastings City Centre Revitalisation Plan was adopted by Council in February 2019 following extensive consultation with stakeholders and the community. The purpose of the plan is to assist with the improvement of the performance of the City Centre through urban design initiatives to create a distinctive and vibrant city centre.

Hastings Alive PinkGradThe plan identifies 23 proposed activation areas within the City Centre that will be completed within the next four years. This revitalisation initiative will be known as 'Hastings Alive'.

The scope of this plan extends to the enhancement and development of the following public spaces:

  • green spaces
  • hospitality spaces
  • laneways and pedestrian links
  • street upgrades
  • street amenity improvements.

To achieve its purpose, the plan dovetails with traffic and parking initiatives designed to make the city easy to access; and with economic initiatives which focus on promoting business in the city centre.


The City Centre has many positive attributes that can be built on, including:

  • ongoing positive retail statistics
  • anecdotally, good market conditions for boutique retail and unique food and beverage businesses
  • relatively legible traffic and pedestrian layout with the majority of buildings aligning with and addressing the street
  • good walkability due to the flat terrain and highly connected network of streets and lanes
  • unique and distinctive heritage character of a relatively intact urban fabric with building facades that can be retained
  • artwork telling the story of historic and culturally relevant aspects of Hastings
  • high-quality established palette of streetscape features and furniture that reflect the historical and cultural narratives of the district (art deco snake lights, hook of Maui seats and cycle stands) in the heart of the city centre
  • many established corner-site kerb build­outs available for more intense use sufficient public parking
  • a willingness within Council and large sectors of the community to invest in improving the quality of the city centre
  • some large areas of Council-owned to that provide development opportunities.

Revitalisation Plan

Hastings City Centre Public Spaces Revitalisation Plan

This Hastings City Centre Public Spaces Revitalisation Plan (the Plan) will enable the delivery of key projects identified in the Hastings City Centre Strategy 2013-2033. The projects specifically relate to the provision and enhancement of attractive and inviting public open spaces in the city centre. Together with a number of other Council initiatives, these projects will contribute to further positive improvement in the vibrancy of the city.

Proposed activation areas and projects for 2019/2020

Of the 23 proposed activation areas within the city centre (as identified in the Public Spaces Revitalisation Plan) the 10 projects below have been identified for start dates in 2019/2020.

Activation areas

Activation map


See below for the latest revitalisation updates.

District plan variation paves way for inner city living

District plan variation paves way for inner city living

Another step has been made towards creating more vibrancy in the Hastings city centre with changes now made to the ...

8 August 2019

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New city centre hotel will stimulate growth and extra vibrancy

New city centre hotel will stimulate growth and extra vibrancy

A new 35-room apartment-style hotel is to be built in the Hastings city centre in a vacant building behind the Hawk...

24 May 2019

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Blessing held for church garden development

Blessing held for church garden development

In May 2018, the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church submitted to the Hastings District Council Annual Plan, seeking ...

17 April 2019

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 New Queen St proposal part of city vibrancy initiative

New Queen St proposal part of city vibrancy initiative

A block of land on Queen St West will be turned into an off-street carpark and covered walkway providing greater co...

25 March 2019

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Hastings’ city centre revitalisation underway

Hastings’ city centre revitalisation underway

The enhancement of Hastings’ city centre is officially underway with the adoption of a public spaces revitalisati...

1 March 2019

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