Here’s what we did with your feedback

Below are some of the projects we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We asked

In August 2021, Hamilton City Council underwent a wider representation review, following the decision in May 2021 to establish Maaori wards for the next two local government elections. We sought feedback over a six-week period on our initial proposal for wider representation arrangements. The review was done to ensure fair and effective representation for all Hamiltonians, in line with legislative requirements.

Our initial proposal was to:

  • Retain current general ward arrangement of six councillors elected in the East Ward, and six councillors elected in the West Ward.
  • Retain the mayor elected at-large.
  • Increase the total number of Councillors to 14.
  • Introduce one city-wide Maaori ward with two Maaori ward councillors.
  • Not introduce community boards.

You said

We received 451 submissions with a variety of views put forward.

  • 177 responses (39%) supported the initial proposal in its entirety.
  • 274 responses (61%) did not support the initial proposal in its entirety.
  • 12 people had their say at the Hearing and Engagement Committee meeting via zoom. 

The consultation asked submitters whether they supported the initial proposal or not, and why. There were four key components of the proposal, of which 3 out of 4 were supported by most of those who commented on them as below:

  1. Increase total number of Councillors to 14: Of the 296 who commented on this, 143 (48%) supported the proposed increase to 14 Councillors.
  2. Retain the current East/West general ward arrangements with 6 Councillors in each: Of the 175 who commented on this, 105 (60%) supported keeping the current East and West general wards.
  3. Introduce a city-wide Maaori ward with two Maaori ward Councillors: Of the 52 who commented on this, 41 (79%) supported a city-wide Maaori ward.
  4. No community boards: Of the 43 who commented on this, 27 respondents (63%) disagreed with the proposal and instead sought the introduction of community boards.

Many comments (over a third) were on topics out of scope for this consultation, particularly in relation to Maaori wards - a decision which has already been made. This has tended to slightly skew the ratio of support/non-support of the proposal. Therefore, it is important to note that:

  • 99 comments from the 274 submissions that did not support the initial proposal said this was because they did not support the introduction of Maaori wards.
  • If the submissions rejecting the proposal on these grounds are disregarded as out of scope, the balance of submissions for and against the initial proposal is closer to 50/50.
  • Several submissions also referenced inadequate levels of Maaori representation in general. However, the number of Maaori ward seats is determined by population proportion set by legislation.

We did

On 11 November, Councillors considered the public submissions and voted to approve the initial proposal as the final proposal for representation arrangements, adding two city-wide Maaori ward seats to the otherwise unchanged Council table.

This decision was publicly notified on 17 November.

Appeals

The appeal period ran from 17 November to 17 December 2021.  

Appeals have been forwarded to the Local Government Commission who will now make a determination on the final representation arrangements for Hamilton City Council. The Commission will issue its determination no later than 11 April 2022.  

We asked

Hamilton City Council asked the community for feedback on two draft policies that would help guide decisions on permanent public artwork, memorials, and monuments.

The policies aim to provide clarity around what public art is, along with a better process for installing permanent artwork, monuments and memorials.

Council also proposed a panel to help review art proposals, along with a taskforce to help review and assess existing artwork that had caused significant upset.

You said

Those who gave feedback largely supported the policies, and the concept of a panel to help review future art proposals.

We did

The Permanent Public Art and Monument and Memorial Art policies were adopted by the Community Committee in November 2021.

This means future permanent public art proposals – including memorial ad monuments – will be reviewed under the new policies, which includes a specialised panel. The panel will be made up of Council staff, iwi and hapuu representation, and other art and construction specialists.

While a taskforce was also proposed to deal with existing permanent art causing significant upset, Council voted to remove it from the policies.

We asked

In May 2021, we conducted the annual survey that captures the community’s perception of safety in the central city and helps ensure the actions and activities occurring as part of our Central City Safety Strategy are still working or what areas need to be focused on.

You said

Over four weeks, we received 799 submissions. Some of the themes as to why people feel safe in our central city included crowds, security officers including the City Safe team and good lighting in certain parts of the central city. Some of the themes as to why people feel unsafe in our central city included the presence of homeless people, anti-social behaviour including fights, gatherings of youths loitering, intoxicated people and lack of road safety.

We did

The results were reported to the Community Committee meeting in August 2021 for their review and will be used to inform Council on priorities and activities to focus on improving safety in the central city for the next financial year.

We asked

In May 2021 we asked for feedback on open air burning in Hamilton Kirikiriroa and invited Hamiltonians to share their thoughts on a proposal to revoke the existing Open Air Burning Bylaw 2015.

After a comprehensive review, Council recognised that it was no longer fit for purpose it and was no longer required. This was because the rules covered in the Bylaw are now better addressed by other regulations and certain fire control responsibilities have transferred from Hamilton City Council to the new Fire and Emergency New Zealand organisation (FENZ).

You said

We received 31 responses on our proposal, with a variety of different feedback points. Submitter views were evenly spread between the two options, with 45% supporting the revocation of the bylaw (14 submitters) and 55% preferring to retain the Bylaw (17 submitters).

The 14 submitters in favour of revoking the Bylaw supported reducing unnecessary regulation, and noted that Council waste services are sufficient to manage waste without needing to burn rubbish.

Of the 17 submitters who supported keeping the bylaw, nine submitters made comments in their submission – including eight who misinterpreted the impact of the Bylaw itself. This included misunderstanding which regulations manage the burning of rubbish and concern that revoking the Bylaw would mean Council wouldn’t respond to outdoor burning causing a nuisance. Some submitters also misinterpreted that the change would mean traditional open air cooking/braziers will be banned.

Feedback was discussed at the Community Committee meeting on 26 August and Council staff recommend revoking the Open Air Burning Bylaw because the Open Air Burning Bylaw is no longer the most effective means to manage open air burning in Hamilton.

We did

Council took submitters feedback into account and made the decision to revoke the Bylaw. Changes come into effect on 30 September 2021.

This means that from 5 October 2021, complaints about open air burning in the city will be responded to as usual, but if enforcement action is required, it will be taken under the Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw.

Council is also working to provide better resources to ensure there are no major misunderstandings when it comes to reporting fires and open air burning in Hamilton.

Information on managing open air fires can be found here

We asked

In response to a NZ Police request to address illegal and inappropriate behaviour in The Boulevard area (Te Rapa), we proposed a night-time Light Motor Vehicle Prohibition, under the Hamilton Traffic Bylaw 2015. This proposal was consulted on with the businesses and property owners located in this area on these streets: The Boulevard, Kahu Crescent, Norman Hayward Place, Parkinson Place, Udy Place, Barnett Place, De Leeuw Place and Simsey Place. 

You said

The businesses and property owners in this area were in favour of supporting the Light Motor Vehicle Prohibition, which means cars, utes and vans are banned from these streets between the hours of 9pm and 4am, unless they are there on legitimate business.

We did

The Light Motor Vehicle Prohibition was accepted and will be brought into effect in 2021.

We asked

Changes to legislation in early 2021 meant councils could establish Maaori wards for the 2022 elections without the potential for a binding poll generated by just 5% of electors. To introduce Maaori wards from 2022, Council needed to make that decision by 21 May 2021.

Hamilton City Council had opted on 1 April 2021 not to introduce Maaori wards for 2022, however, this decision was revoked on 15 April 2021.

Council then consulted with the community from 16 April 2021 to 10 May 2021 on its views about strengthening Maaori representation, including the consideration of Maaori wards.

Specifically, we asked for respondents’ views on establishing Maaori wards and any other ideas for Maaori representation.

While there were some mechanisms already in place for Maaori to have input into Council decision making, none of the measures ensured Maaori representation in decisions by having speaking and voting rights at full Council meetings.

Maaori wards allow for Elected Members of Council to be voted in by electors on the Maaori roll. Maaori ward members are obligated to represent the interests of all Hamiltonians, not just the interests of Maaori.

Iwi, mana whenua and other members of the Maaori community had already indicated strong support for the establishment of Maaori wards in time for the 2022 elections.

You said

The 994 responses indicated support for enhanced Maaori representation, including Maori wards, at Hamilton City Council.

Staff analysis showed that more than four out of five people who submitted (81%) favoured Council introducing Maaori wards to achieve better representation.

Submissions in support of Maaori wards gave three clear themes for their views:

  • direct input into decision making by Maaori and voting rights on Council
  • addressing obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • greater Maaori representation from the community.

Another 16% of submitters indicated they did not favour Maaori wards. The themes in their submissions were:

  • Maaori wards would be divisive in the city.
  • Maaori can currently stand for election in existing wards.
  • Maaori currently have an equal opportunity to have their say.

We did

On 19 May 2021, Hamilton City Council voted unanimously to establish Maaori wards in time for the next local government elections.

It will be the first time Council will have dedicated representation for Maaori at the full Council table.

The introduction of Maaori wards means voters on the Maaori electoral roll can vote for candidates contesting Council’s Maaori wards, rather than for a candidate contesting a general ward. Maaori ward candidates do not need to be on the Maaori electoral roll.

In August 2021, Council underwent a wider representation review, triggered by the decision to establish Maaori wards.

Following a six-week consultation period, Councillors voted to add two city-wide Maaori ward seats to the Council table.

This means residents on the Maaori electoral roll will vote for the mayor and two Maaori ward councillors, who will represent all Hamiltonians. Residents on the general roll will continue to vote for the mayor and six councillors who will represent the side of Hamilton they live, or own property,  in.

We asked

In February and March 2021, Hamilton City Council sought public feedback on its draft He Pou Manawa Ora – Pillars of Wellbeing strategy.

The draft strategy was developed with input from local iwi, hapuu, maataa waka (Maaori who whakapapa to iwi outside of Hamilton), Council’s Maangai Maaori (iwi and maataa waka representatives), Waikato-Tainui, Te Haa O te Whenua O Kirikiriroa and Te Rūnanga Ō Kirikiriroa.

He Pou Manawa Ora signals a new way of working with our tangata whenua and the wider community on common goals, while recognising Maaori as key partners within and outside Council in determining Hamilton Kirikiriroa’s future. The strategy’s aim is to bring all people of Hamilton Kirikiriroa together for mutual benefit – and to ensure the voices of Maaori, along with all Hamiltonians, are heard at all levels of Council’s decision making.

We invited Hamiltonians to share their thoughts and give us feedback on the proposed outcomes outlined under each of the strategy’s four ‘pou’ or pillars of wellbeing:

  • History
  • Unity
  • Prosperity
  • Restoration

(These are based on Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti O Waitangi) principles of Partnership, Participation, Protection and Prosperity.)

The history pou states that Council recognises and values the heritage and history of our city. Maaori heritage and history is captured in place, time and events over the last 700 - 800 years. We are committed to sharing, protecting and celebrating our unique Maaori heritage of Hamilton Kirikiriroa.

The unity pou states that Council supports Maaori input into local decision-making for Hamilton Kirikiriroa.

The prosperity pou states that Council recognises that access to housing, health, employment, education, environment and identity are hugely important to individual, whaanau and community wellbeing of Hamilton Kirikiriroa. Council aims to take responsibility as an enabler and leader in the wellbeing conversations. We recognise that we are a part of a partnership approach to supporting Maaori wellbeing.

The restoration pou states that Council recognises the role of Maaori as kaitiaki (guardians) of the natural and physical environment, working in partnership to promote the protection and enhancement of Hamilton Kirikiriroa.

You said

We received more than 1000 responses with the majority of the feedback supporting the He Pou Manawa Ora strategy overall. Submitters were particularly keen to see more ‘measurable’ outcomes within the Strategy. Thirty-two submitters had their say in person.

When asked whether they agreed with the outcomes of each pou, most respondents were in favour of these as shown below.

Pou/Pillar

He Pou Manawa Koorero: Pillar of History

  • Yes = 90%     No = 7%     Did not answer = 3%

He Pou Toorangapuu Maaori: Pillar of Unity

  • Yes = 89%     No = 7%     Did not answer = 4%

He Pou Manawa Taurikura: Pillar of Prosperity

  • Yes = 91%     No =  5%     Did not answer = 4%

He Pou Manawa Taiao: Pillar of Restoration

  • Yes = 91%     No = 5%     Did not answer = 4%

The key themes that were identified through submitters’ suggestions were:

History pou

  1. Greater visibility and education through storytelling of Maaori history and historical sites.
  2. Greater encouragement and support for more Maaori cultural events in the community.
  3. Normalisation of te reo in practice and bilingual signage throughout the city.

Unity pou

  1. Increased representation and visibility of Maaori in a full and diverse range of roles within Council.
  2. Increased understanding and visibility of the application of Matauranga Maaori and mana whenua and mataawaka involvement in Council decision-making.
  3. Maaori in the community are supported to understand and be represented in Council decision-making processes in a way that is appropriate for them.

Prosperity pou

  1. Employment opportunities and youth involvement in Council.
  2. Addressing affordable and social housing shortfalls.
  3. Expanding the range of Council support mechanisms for Maaori enterprise.
  4. Collaborative partnerships and support for community and Maaori organisations to improve wellbeing outcomes and reduce inequity.

Restoration pou

  1. Improve and protect waterways and gully systems.
  2. Flora and fauna are actively protected.
  3. Better Council support to increase behaviours that address climate change.
  4. Maatauranga Maaori supported appropriately.

We did

Hamilton City Council proposed changes and amendments for He Pou Manawa Ora – Pillars of Wellbeing. These acknowledged the public feedback received and include the addition of further additional objectives, actions, and measurable outcomes such as:

  • an increase in the percentage of the population who report they could hold a conversation in te reo Maaori
  • more Council facilities featuring bilingual signage
  • more local Maaori history installations
  • that Te Reo Maaori is seen, heard and celebrated more in everyday Council practice and throughout the city
  • an increase in the number of attendees and participants celebrating significant Maaori events
  • an improved understanding and application of Maatauranga Maaori (knowledge) in Council decision-making
  • an increase in the percentage of Maaori rating their overall quality of life positively
  • an increase in the percentage of young Maaori in employment, education or training
  • improving the water quality of the Waikato River and urban streams and air quality in Hamilton Kirikiriroa
  • more new streets with Te Reo Maaori names
  • more Maaori voting in local body elections.

He Pou Manawa Ora – Pillars of Wellbeing was formally adopted and finalised by Council on 12 August 2021.

The full and final He Pou Manawa Ora – Pillars of Wellbeing document can be found here. (PDF, 1.5MB)

We asked

In February/March 2021, we ran a short survey to find out Hamiltonians’ feedback on personal hire devices (LIME e-scooters) in the city. LIME e-scooters have been operational in our city since 2019, and this annual survey (of which this was the second time running it) was a way of finding out who was using the e-scooters and how they had been finding the service.

You said

During the engagement period we received 929 submissions. Of those, most (99%) were aware that e-scooters are available to hire in the city and 84% had hired an e-scooter. Some key themes to come from the feedback included complaints made by respondents relating to the e-scooters in terms of device faults, app faults and e-scooters being parked and carelessly discarded in places. 79% of the respondents felt that users mostly/always ride an e-scooter in a safe and responsible manner and 88% of respondents said that Council should allow personal hire devices to operate in the city.

We did

The feedback was used to inform Council committee decisions around continuing to use operators of personal hire devices in Hamilton. Hamilton currently has two personal hire device companies operating in the city – LIME and Neuron.

We asked

In January/February 2021, we asked the community if Korikori Green (a road in Rototuna North connecting North City Road and Kimbrae Drive) should be declared a pedestrian mall. This would mean a section of Korikori Green is closed to through traffic, unless prior permission from Council has been given to open Korikori Green to vehicles in relation to an event in Korikori Park or the surrounding area. The proposed change supports the development of the Rototuna Village, and the increasing number of people who travel through this area on foot or bike, and our focus on making our transport network safe for all.

You said

Over four weeks we received 154 submissions. Of those, 73% agreed with Council’s proposal to declare a section of Korikori Green a pedestrian mall. Some of the top themes to support this change were centred around making it safer for everyone; that it would prevent traffic issues such as speeding, those who use it as a short cut and when they result in traffic jams; that it will prevent cars using it to race along; and that it will promote walking and cycling.

We did

The pedestrian mall declaration and closure of Korikori Green to through traffic was brought into force from June 2021. This means the electronic bollards midway along Korikori Green are now raised. They can be lowered when vehicles need access to the park, such as when there are large sports events.

We asked

We encouraged our local businesses, park users, community groups, and Hamilton East residents to share their ideas for Steele Park and its facilities. We also wanted to know how to better celebrate the park’s history as Hamilton’s oldest park.

You said

Through the engagement, some key themes and insights emerged.

Our community’s feedback focused on:

  • Improving and upgrading the toilets and changing rooms.
  • Adding more seating and benches.
  • Adding different types of play spaces and opportunities.
  • Adding more picnic areas.
  • Improving safety and security through lighting.
  • Better reflecting Hamilton East’s heritage in the park.

We did

We are working on designs for Steele Park, incorporating our community’s feedback. These designs will be circulated with submitters for further feedback in 2022.

We asked

The review of the Peacocke Structure Plan offered us the chance to create a community, WITH the community. Using feedback gathered during the wellbeing engagement in March, stakeholder engagement in July and August, as well as guidance from central Government, we put together high-level themes for the community to provide input into the draft plan.

In November 2020, we asked the community for feedback on housing style and density, transport connections (including walking, cycling and public transport), community spaces, natural environment and culture.

This feedback was used to help put together a draft Peacocke Structure Plan for formal public notification.

You said

We received 166 submissions either online or through hard copy feedback forms. We also received eight submissions through emails or letters.

People were largely supportive of elements we proposed. The number in brackets refers to percentage of people who selected “I think it is a great idea” for each of the element/topic described in the consultation document.

  • Putting a roof over our heads (75%)
  • Moving around our neighbourhood (80%)
  • Creating awesome spaces to spend time in (80%)
  • Looking after our environment (84%)
  • Celebrating the bits that make us special (80%).

Email and letter submissions made suggestions and recommendations around various topics for the draft Structure Plan. These include housing, infrastructure for electricity, community development, roading, environment and ensuring history and aspirations of tangata whenua can be best represented.

We did

In October 2021, we formally notified Plan Change 5 - Peacocke Structure Plan under the Resource Management Act. This provided the community with another opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed plans for the area. A call for further submissions on the plan change is expected in early 2022, followed by hearings, with a final decision expected mid-year.

We asked

In November 2020, Hamilton City Council sought feedback on protecting and managing stormwater in Hamilton Kirikiriroa. We invited Hamiltonians to share their thoughts on a proposal to make several changes to its Stormwater Bylaw 2015. The proposed changes aimed to ensure the Bylaw was still fit for purpose, as well as easy to understand and enforceable.

Feedback was sought specifically on the following:

  • Recognition of the relationship of Waikato-Tainui with the Waikato River and the need to protect and restore it.
  • Connection approvals – stronger controls proposed to manage effects on the stormwater network and ensure compliance with Council’s stormwater discharge consent.
  • Contaminant controls on pool water and building sites.
  • Responsibility for maintenance of private stormwater systems.
  • Effectiveness of private stormwater management devices and Council’s ability to access land for inspection and cost recovery.
  • Works being carried out in close proximity to public stormwater infrastructure – requirement for application.
  • Making the Bylaw easier to understand for the public.

You said

We received 18 responses with a variety of different feedback points. The majority of the feedback supported the proposed changes.

  • Submitters were particularly keen to see awareness raised on the importance of maintaining and improving water quality in Hamilton Kirikiriroa (and New Zealand).
  • Three submitters had their say in person.
  • To gain even more insight on some of the issues raised, staff also spoke directly with some submitters.

We did

Council supported the proposed changes and amendments have been made to the Bylaw. These include:

  • the addition or amendment of some definitions to make sure the meanings of these terms are clear.
  • prohibiting the discharge of swimming pool water to the stormwater system without approval. The Bylaw now requires swimming pool water to go to the wastewater system or to soak to land.
  • requiring all building activities to have sediment controls in place.  
  • prohibiting excessive loading on the city’s stormwater network that could cause damage to pipes.
  • requiring people to apply for a consent if they wish to build within five metres of the public stormwater system.
  • requiring property occupiers to have similar responsibilities to actual property owners, in terms of keeping watercourses on their property clear from blockages that may cause flooding.
  • advising property owners and/or occupiers to seek advice on how to retain any ecological value their watercourse might hold.
  • requiring all connections to comply with Council’s requirements (for example, District Plan rules and management plans).   
  • prohibiting property owners and/or occupiers from discharging stormwater from an area that is bigger than the size allowed for in the District Plan rules.  
  • requiring property owners and/or occupiers to ensure that their private stormwater system is in good order.
  • allowing Council to impose timeframes and do any private property works it considers necessary to protect the stormwater network. 
  • requiring the property owners and/or occupiers of high-risk facilities to:
  • have up-to-date pollution control plans
  • educate employees on stormwater network protection
  • display their spill control plans on site. 
  • Council making it clear to property owners and/or occupiers about what will happen if there is a breach of the Bylaw.

The changes come into effect from 1 October 2021.

The full Stormwater Bylaw 2015 can be found here. (PDF, 318KB) 

We asked

Earlier this year Hamilton City Council sought public views on proposals to change the policy as part of a scheduled review. The consultation process included discussions with central city businesses and food truck operators as well as the wider public.

You said

We considered 90 submissions, 77% in favour of allowing food trucks to operate, with two submitters speaking at the Council’s Hearing and Engagement Committee.

We did

We approved changes to the policy to allow food trucks and mobile shops to operate, provided it is as part of a permitted wider event, and not one solely based on food vending. Food trucks would be limited to operating only during the hours the event was permitted for.

The policy also changes the area covered by the policy, extending it to include all that area between London St and Knox St, and between Angelsea St and the Waikato River.

Council noted the policy’s intent is to add vibrancy to the central city, but it was also important to ensure policy changes considered the views of existing central city businesses. A review of the policy and its benefits for the central city has been scheduled for 2023.

The revised policy, including a name change to the Trading in Public Places Policy, was approved unanimously. View the Trading in Public Places Policy.

We asked

In October 2020 we proposed changing the speed limit on all residential streets within the Huntington and St James areas from 50km/h to 40km/h as part of our ongoing focus on safer streets for all. 

You said

Over 3 weeks we received 58 submissions. Of those, 25 were in support of a reduction of the speed limit from 50km/h to 40km/h on all residential streets within the Huntington and St James areas

We did

The lower 40km/h speed limit was approved at the 1 December Hearings and Engagement Committee meeting. It will come into effect on 5 April 2021.

We asked

Council consulted the community over four weeks in August and September on three possible locations for the new area. Tauhara Park in Rototuna and Resthills Park in Glenview were also considered.

All three parks are already off-leash exercise spaces and have existing infrastructure such as off-street parking and toilets.

You said

We received 1478 public submissions, with a strong concentration of feedback from residents near the three parks.

Tauhara Park and Minogue Park were the most popular community choices with 583 submissions in favour of Tauhara Park and 582 in favour of Minogue Park.

We did

We chose Minogue Park for Hamilton’s first fenced dog exercise area. The new 1ha area can be built further away from neighbours and doesn’t require a resource consent, so construction can start earlier.

Funding of $177,000 for the new pooch play space was approved through the 2018-28 Long-Term Plan. The new area will be designed to blend into the park. It will be planted with natives and will include seats and a doggy water fountain. Rules of use will be clearly displayed.

Construction will start in mid-October and the area should be open in time for summer.

We asked

As part of the review of the draft Hamilton Gardens Management Plan, we asked what you thought about a new layout concept for Hamilton Gardens. This was a revision of a concept put to the community in 2019. The changes allow for further development of the Gardens and address issues such as congestion, traffic flow and improving the Gardens’ connection with the river.

You said

We received 875 responses with 84% of respondents in favour of the new concept.

Some people asked to make an oral submission to the Council. You can read more about the Hearings and Engagement Committee meeting and some of the ideas presented by the public here. The committee agenda includes a full report on the community engagement, which identifies common themes such as parking, alternative modes of transport and developing pedestrian access across the river.

We did

The Community Committee will consider the draft Hamilton Gardens Management Plan again later this year, including feedback from the community on the Gardens layout and other aspects of the draft management plan. We will update this page after that meeting.

We asked

Earlier this year we asked what you thought of our draft design for an upgrade of Nawton’s much-loved Elliot Park playground and skatepark. We’re extending and improving the skatepark, renewing play equipment and park furniture, and adding a half basketball court and more shade.

You said

We received 115 responses with most positive about the design, especially the addition of a half basketball court. The skate community asked for changes to some of the new skatepark features.

We did

We made some changes to the final design of the skatepark based on your suggestions. We reduced the number of quarter pipes, added new features, including a replica fire hydrant, and adapted others for beginner skaters.

Construction will begin in July so the playground can reopen in time for summer 2020.

We asked

Earlier this year we asked you what you thought about our city's parks, playgrounds, river paths and natural areas.  375 people responded.

You said

We did

The Parks and Open Spaces Team will use the feedback from the survey along with the Hamilton Play Strategy results received earlier in the year to develop further priorities as part of the Council’s 2021-31 10-Year Plan.

We asked

The Council asked for public feedback on the draft Hamilton Speed Management Plan which included seven principles and 4 prioritisation areas.

You said

We received 125 submissions. 80% of the submissions were in favour of the principles and prioritisation process set out in the plan.

We did

The Council decided on 18 June 2019 to adopt the Hamilton Speed Management Plan 2019. The 2015 Speed management Policy was retired.

We asked

Quentin Residential Ltd (QRL) lodged a proposal for an enlarged Special Housing Area (SHA) site at Quentin Drive near Hamilton Lake. The enlarged site comprises the original 2ha Quentin Drive SHA proposal approved by the Council on 10 May 2018 (which is still with the Government for a final decision), plus the site currently occupied by Jack House Transit Limited. The enlarged site is 4.17ha and proposes a yield of 111 homes in total, equating to accommodation for approximately 300 people.

We sought feedback on the proposal from residents in the area for four weeks (18 March 2019 to 12 April 2019).

You said

We received 37 responses, including five supportive responses, eight raising concerns and 23 opposing responses. There was support for more housing in the area, noting that the area was well located near existing amenities such as the lake, hospital and town. Supporters also noted that there was sufficient traffic infrastructure to manage vehicle movements from Quentin Drive. There were concerns about traffic, access to schooling, safety, noise, increased crime and the loss of privacy. Submitters also identified concerns regarding poor drainage.

We did

We invited submitters to speak to their feedback at an Extraordinary Council meeting on 29 April 2019, and several parties took up this offer. As a result, the resolution to recommend the proposal to the Government was amended to include a requirement for QRL to work with Te Haa o te Whenua o Kirikiriroa to complete a cultural assessment prior to applying for a qualifying development consent and for a piece of land adjacent to the site to be regarded as an affected party.

The application is now with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development for consideration. The letter to the Minister noted that, in addition to their contractual obligations, QRL has committed to work with local residents to address their concerns.