Engagement Hub

Welcome to Hamilton City Council's Engagement Hub. This is where you can have your say on projects currently being consulted.

Recently completed consultations are displayed below. You can also, search for consultations by keyword, postcode or interest.

Open Consultations
Draft West Town Belt Masterplan
Hamilton Gardens Draft Management Plan
Hamilton Moving Together – transport survey
Proposed Class 4 Gambling Venue Policy 2019
See All Open Consultations
Closed Consultations
Making the District Plan more enabling (Plan Change 6)
Hamilton Speed Management Plan
Melville Skate and Play Space Upgrade Survey
Development Contributions Policy Update
Hamilton City Prostitution Bylaw
See All Closed Consultations

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

In March, we ran a three-week public engagement process to determine where the next fenced dog exercise area should be constructed in Hamilton.

This project is part of our Pooches in Parks plan, which also outlines where dog owners can exercise their pets off-lead in specified parks around our city. The new fenced dog area is an outcome of the 2018-2018 10-Year Plan.

We ran a simple public consultation process, giving the community an opportunity to nominate which of three parks was the preference for this new asset.

The parks were:

  • Innes Common
  • Tauhara Park
  • Resthills Park

The consultation ran for three weeks, and included a direct invitation to registered dog owners and dog clubs to provide comment.

You Said

We had more than 1320 responses to our online and postal engagement survey for this project.

Innes Common emerged as the clear favourite, preferred by more than 650 people who responded. Tauhara Park was selected by 454 respondents, with Resthills Park the least preferred with just 183 responses.

Respondents who preferred Innes Common noted its central location and the fact it is already a popular park for people who want to exercise their dogs. Safety, popularity and ease of access were also cited as reasons this park was preferred.

We Did

Our staff will now begin project planning for the construction of a fenced dog exercise area at Innes Common. The specific site is on the southwestern side of the park, behind the Hamilton Yacht Club complex.

This project will be completed by the end of the 2018/19 financial year.

We Asked

Between November 2018 to mid-January 2019 we sought your feedback on the Draft Plan. We asked whether you agreed with the general direction of the plan, and whether you had any suggestions to improve the plan.

You Said

We received 10 responses. There was agreement on the general direction and that the plan is easy to follow. The inclusion of community gardens was suggested. A lot of the feedback related to operational matters that staff can address outside the scope of the plan.

We Did

We included a general section on community gardens, and reference to Council’s community gardens guidelines. It was not considered appropriate to identify specific parks for community gardens as this is better determined when community groups express interest in establishing sustainable community gardens. Minor changes were also made to the Draft Plan to improve clarity and readability. 

We Asked

We asked the public about their views on the Council’s preference to retain the existing two-ward system for the 2019 election (its initial proposal for representation). The public had one month to make a submission as part of this process, ending on 24 September. It should be noted that this formal consultation process was preceded by robust pre-consultation during which multiple representation options were canvassed with the public.

You Said

37 people completed a submission and 8 (22%) were in support of the initial proposal and 29 (78%) were opposed. Those who were opposed sought alternative arrangements, including:

  • a change from the existing ward structure to an at-large system (11 submissions),
  • a change from the existing ward structure to increase the number of wards (11 submissions)
  • a reduction to the current number of councillors (5 submissions),
  • an increase to the current number of councillors (2 Submissions), and
  • the establishment of community boards (3 submissions).

We Did

On 1 November 2018, following the mixed and contradictory feedback received through formal consultation, and the lack of a single, prevailing view about what the fairest and most effective representation arrangements for Hamilton are, the Council decided to adopt its initial proposal as its final proposal, that is, to retain the existing two-ward structure for the 2019 election. To find out more, please refer to the 1 November 2018 Council Report which is available online here.  The next steps in the Representation Review process are outlined in the timeline on our website here. The Council will know for certain what its representation arrangements are for 2019 on or before 11 April 2019.