Here’s what we did with your feedback

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

We asked

The Annual Plan is the budget and work programme for Year 2 of Council’s 2021-2031 Long-Term Plan. It looks at how we’ll deliver and fund projects and services in the upcoming financial year.

We told the community what we would do in 2022-23 and we’re sticking to that. However, we didn’t foresee the major challenge of increasing costs driven mainly by the high rate of inflation New Zealand is experiencing when planning our 2022-23 budget and work programme during the Long-Term Plan. 

We asked the community to share their voice on proposed changes to increase Council’s borrowing to cover these cost pressures, rather than increase rates or cut projects. We also asked what they thought about new projects proposed in response to important issues identified by the community. 

You said

Of the 263 responses:

  • 121 (46%) respondents were in support of increasing budgets and covering this by borrowing. Of these, 27 (22%) respondents made specific comments that they supported using debt, and 5 (4%) respondents commented that they were against rates increases.
  • 100 (38%) respondents chosen the option of decreasing spending on projects planned for in the Annual Plan to cover increased costs. Of these, 45 (45%) supported reducing spend but did not identify specific projects. 
  • 23 (9%) respondents chose the option of increasing the budgets and cover this by increasing rates above the 4.9%. 16 (70%) of these made comments – of which 6 (38%) specifically commented on their support for increasing rates to cover the increased costs.

We did

Public opinion factored strongly into decisions made about Hamilton City Council’s draft Annual Plan. 

Rates will not go over the average increase of 4.9% as outlined in the Long-Term Plan. We’ll borrow to cover unforeseen costs and cover projects. 

Several projects and operational activities will be introduced. Funding has been allocated for the creation of school travel plans, a new grant fund is being made available for community application to implement projects from our Welcoming Plan, improved maintenance of the Hamilton Cemetery Burial Lawn and a raft of cycling initiatives. 

Read the Our Hamilton media story Council responses to public feedback on Annual Plan for more information.

The 2022-23 Annual Plan will be adopted by Council on 30 June. It will be available on our website after this date. 

We asked

In October/November 2021, we asked the community if a safer speed area should be implemented in all residential streets within the Garnett Avenue area (Forest Lake). This would mean a speed limit change from 50kph to 40kph. The proposed change aligns with our Hamilton Speed Management Plan, which is about achieving safe and appropriate speeds to allow residential neighbourhoods to have a safe environment to live and play. Minor works were also proposed at key locations within this area to support the lower speed limit. The engagement was targeted to those who live in this area of Hamilton.

You said

We received 53 submissions and the majority of these responses supported the safer speed area proposal and the overall objective of making their neighbourhood safer for all road users to get around.

We did

The safer speed area, and change in speed limit to 40kph, for the Garnett Avenue Area in Forest Lake was approved via council resolution and will be implemented from May 2022.

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 were forwarded to the Local Government Commission. The appeal hearing was held on 8 March 2022.  

The Commission determination endorsed Council’s initial proposal for representation, of six East Ward seats, six West Ward seats, and two Kirikiriroa Maaori Ward seats.

 These representation arrangements will come into effect for Hamilton’s 2022 local government elections.  

We asked

We proposed a speed limit change along Wairere Drive from 80km/h to 60km/h. The speed limit reduction related to a resource consent obtained by Foodstuffs that required traffic lights to be installed at the intersection of Wairere Drive and Karewa Place. For the traffic lights to operate safely and to meet the legal requirements for speed limits, a 1.3km portion of Wairere Drive, from Arthur Porter Drive to Pukete Road, was recommended to be reduced to 60km/h.

You said

Of 781 public submissions received throughout September, approximately 80% of respondents did not support a lower speed. Many people believed reducing the speed limit here would make traffic worse on this section of Wairere Drive.

We did

All community feedback, along with relevant transport data and other safety recommendations from staff, were presented to Council in December 2021.

Based on the following recommendations, the decision was made to change the speed limit at some point in the future – in conjunction with the construction of the traffic signals at the intersection of Karewa Place and Wairere Drive:

  • the existing mean operating speeds on this section of Wairere Drive have an average of 66km/h and are within the recommended speeds required for a 60km/h speed limit, as set out in the Speed Limits Rule;
  • any reduction in travel speeds will have a positive impact on the outcome of any crashes that occur in this area; and
  • the change in speed limit is not expected to have any significant impact on the traffic flows in this area – noting that it is an area of high growth and traffic volumes are continuing to grow as a result of development inside Te Rapa North, Rotokauri North and nearby Waikato District Council areas.

We asked

Under the Local Government Act 2002, it is a requirement that our Hamilton Traffic Bylaw be reviewed five years after its introduction. Our bylaw was due for review in 2021 and we proposed minor changes to support recent legislative changes and case law, technology advancements and increased clarity for ease of understanding. Hamiltonians were invited to share their thoughts on these proposed changes during August/September 2021.

You said

Of the 66 responses received, 63% (42 respondents) indicated they wished to retain the current bylaw and make minor amendments, and 37% (24 respondents) chose to retain the current bylaw with no amendments. The most common reasons for participants choosing to retain the current bylaw with minor amendments were the need to be adaptable/flexible as our community and way of transport changes; the need to include different modes of transport moving forward; and the need to have stronger enforcement of the bylaw rules.

We did

We updated our Hamilton Traffic Bylaw according to these proposed changes and the new bylaw was adopted in December 2021. A copy can be found online at hamilton.govt.nz/bylaws.

We asked

In August and September 2021 Council conducted an short survey of Hamiltonians via social media and our Have Your Say platform regarding developing proposals by Government for Three Waters Reform. In July 2021 Local Government New Zealand provided guidance to Councils on an eight-week review period, concluding on 30 September 2021, to consider proposals for reform. We asked for your views on the reform and other aspects of our future water services you wanted us to raise with Government.

You said

There were 106 submissions made via Have Your Say. The majority of respondents were not in support of the initial proposal for the Three Waters Reform.

The most common reasons for not supporting the reform were:

  • Concern about losing control of the management of infrastructure and resources 
  • Believe we should not be selling or giving up our ratepayers’ assets or infrastructure 
  • There needs to be more information provided, more consultation, and/or a referendum 

The most common reasons for supporting the reform were:

  • Economic gains and better infrastructure maintenance due to shared costs 
  • The government would provide better ongoing management of infrastructure and resources 
  • It would be good to have a consistent approach to water nationwide

We did

On 1 October 2021 Council wrote to the Minister for Local Government and provided a submission to Government detailing areas of the reform programme which required further development. Council expressed its disappointment in the process to date and noted it did not support in its entirety the reform proposals. Council’s formal feedback noted: As this is the Government’s reform Council expects clear information which would include a formal proposal and opportunities for councils to formally consult with their communities. In December 2021 Council resolved to consult with Hamiltonians when legislation was available from Government and the timings of select committee submissions known. Government has indicated this information, and a public consultation process, will be announced in mid-2022. Council’s submission and letter to the Minister from October 2021 are linked below.sion and letter to the Minister from October 2021 are linked below.

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

Hamilton City Council has asked the community for feedback on the Crosby Road Safety Improvement Project. These changes will help maintain the safety of people who drive, walk, cycle and scooter on Crosby Road.

The improvements may include features such as safer walkways and protected cycling paths.

You said

Council engaged with the community through drop-in sessions, letterbox drops, door knocking and flyers. We listened to the community’s views and are currently redesigning options based on this feedback.

We did

We are currently working through the design redevelopment options. The community will have another opportunity to voice their opinion once these redesigns have been finalised.

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.