Ka toituu, ka ataahua te whakawhanake whenua ki Rototuna
Enabling the development of attractive and sustainable community in the Rototuna growth area.
It's an exciting time for the Rototuna community village project, where we are seeing the feedback we've received from the community over the past two years starting to be implemented in concept designs for the library, community hub, open spaces and play areas.
Your feedback on the concepts has been helpful and we believe the next stage of design could incorporate most of the suggestions we received from our communities. Our design teams are currently working on the finer details including; where do we need power outlets, exactly what furniture will be provided to be comfortable, welcoming and flexible, what audio-visual equipment can we provide, where do we need to put stormwater drains and what kind of bike/ scooter stands, and how do we make all this fit into the budget.
Once this design stage is complete we'll come back to the community and update you with where we are at.
The following bullet points are a snapshot of some common themes which came through when we engaged with the Northeastern community in October and November 2020. This also includes feedback from our focus group meetings with Te Haa o te Whenua o Kirikiriroa, North East Community Hub, representatives of school age children and persons with disabilities.
If you are interested in seeing how we plan to incorporate this feedback into the design click here.
Library and community hub
- Welcoming, friendly, comfortable
- Multicultural considerations eg in visual design elements
- Universal design (Accessibility for all ages and abilities especially for people with disabilities and special needs)
- Different types of activities for different ages and abilities
- Connected to outdoors
- Safety (including and especially from the sun)
- Must feel like a nice space to sit and meet other people
- Must cater for all ages and abilities
- Would like lots of activity and things going on
Where we have come from
In 2018 Hamilton City Council set aside $19.6 million for the development of the Rototuna community facilities.
Money was set aside for:
- a library
- a community hub/meeting rooms
- a village square
- open recreation spaces
- play spaces
We are also proposing changes to the streets to suit the more urban environment, making them suitable for increased numbers of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. At the same time, we are coordinating with the private developer who is proposing office and retail in the heart of the village.
During 2018 and 2019 Council engaged with the community to get feedback on a couple of options for the layout of what was then called the Rototuna Town Centre, with the main street on North City Road, between Borman Road an d Bourn Brook Rise. Because of the feedback, we developed a third option and are now referring to the area as Rototuna Village.
Since then we have applied for a resource consent to enable the new village layout and we have been working with consultants and special interest groups to develop the preliminary designs.
We have also tendered and selected a preferred party to develop and operate a pool. This is a commercial pool which we are negotiating public access for lane swimming and learn to swim at rates similar to our other facilities. The deal needs to be affordable/commercially viable for both parties and there is still a bit of work to be done.
For more detail refer to "How We Got Here", under the Additional Information side bar.