4 May 2007
Council received a total of 201 submissions to its Proposed 2007/08 Annual Plan, with 58 people requesting to be heard in support of their written submission. The number is very similar to last year’s 10-year proposed long-term plan which received 202 submissions.
Hamilton mayor Michael Redman says he is pleased with the response, especially as the 2007/08 year is year two of the long-term plan.
“Council held a very successful Your City Expo day at Claudelands Events Centre on Saturday 31 March to provide information and to consult with Hamilton residents about the proposed 2007/08 Annual Plan.
“The expo was a different approach to reaching the public from public meetings which has been relied upon in the past. There was a good turnout with around 350 people attending. A number of key projects and issues were profiled at the Your City Expo. In addition to this, attendance at the sector meetings with older people, the business sector and Maori were up on previous years.”
The proposed amendments in this year’s annual plan include a review of Council’s Development and Contributions Policy, changes to the Claudelands Events Centre project and rating matters. Council received six submissions specifically on the proposed amendment to the Development and Contributions Policy, as well, another four submitters also commented on the proposed changes to the policy in their submissions.
There was a mixture of support and opposition in four submissions that commented on Council’s proposed amendment to the Claudelands Events Centre project.
Eight submitters focused on rates/financial issues including the proposed rate increase and the commercial differential.
Of the 201 submissions received, 125 requested that Council designate Hamilton East as a Special Character Area. Issues covered in these submissions included requesting changes to Council’s Proposed District Plan to address infill residential development and heritage values.
The ten submissions that raised arts and culture issues, six requested that Council make provision for a community arts centre to support community arts within the city.
Although there were 13 submissions that had a transport focus, these were varied in the issues raised. For example, one submitter requested a rail link from the city to Hamilton’s International Airport, while another suggested that park and ride facilities be provided in the city’s growth areas.
Six submissions made a request for funding. For example, funding of $45,000 per annum from Council was requested by Opus Chamber Orchestra (funding is also sought from other councils in the Bay of Plenty region).
Staff are currently analysing and summarising submissions.
The hearing days will take place on 21 and 22 May 2007 in Council Chambers – the extra day scheduled for 23 May is no longer required. Council will make its decisions on submissions on 11–12 June and confirm the rates strike for the 2007/08 as it adopts the finalised 2007/08 Annual Plan on 29 June.
|Development and Financial Contributions Policy
|Request for funding
|Parks and Gardens/Recreation
|Hamilton East Special Character Area
|Arts and Culture
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Name: Michael Redman
Designation: Hamilton Mayor
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6976
Mobile: 021 947 365
Name: Curt Christiansen
Designation: Communication Executive
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6803
Mobile: 021 775 651
Fax (Direct): 07 838 6761