This is an exciting period of growth for Hamilton and we're working hard to create special places with and for local communities.
The Council is investing $2B over the next ten years to build a more vibrant, attractive and prosperous city, and to improve the well-being of everyone who lives, works, plays and visits here.
Over the next few years, the northeast of Hamilton is receiving a share of this planned investment – including $19.6M for the Rototuna community village development.
What's happening now?
In the heart of Rototuna, we're creating a unique and vibrant community village - with the help of everyone who calls Rototuna "my place".
Construction on the new Rototuna village will get underway next year (2021) and will include a community hub with a library and activity areas. There will be cafes, businesses, shops and a variety of outdoor spaces. The village square will have an open area for community events and play – including a water feature, a play space, a recreation area, seating and footpaths. The village square also provides access to toilets, walkways, buses, cycleways and parking areas.
We recently invited you to show us what Rototuna means to you. We received an amazing amount of feedback through pictures, poems, stories, emails and Facebook comments — just to name a few, so thank you!
Your feedback is so important to us in helping create a space that is special for the Rototuna community. It was great to see so many people involved in providing feedback highlighting what's important to each and every one of you and acknowledging how significant this space will be for you once finished.
Here is just snapshot of some feedback we received:
- Welcoming of diverse groups of people
- Wetland, eels and plants
- Lots of trees, plants, shade and shelter
- A mix of busy and quiet spaces
- Colourful, playful, rich with interest
- Adaptable for different uses
- Comfortable and homely
- A range of indoor and outdoor study areas
- Bring play into the library
- Plants to entice birds throughout the seasons
From here, our design team is using the ideas we received from you to guide them in the design themes and facility attributes of the Village, more specifically focusing on the look and feel for the library and open spaces.
All will be revealed when the village and facility designs are released. A selection will also form part of an exhibition when the village opens in 2022.
Where we have come from
Rototuna Revisited revealed
The Rototuna village has taken another leap towards reality with the release today of a revised village layout (modified from the original proposals following community feedback).
Community feedback was sought on two design proposals (Rototuna A and Rototuna B).
Rototuna Project Manager Natasha Ryan said the feedback was "just fantastic" with great ideas to add or things that need to be addressed.
"It's exciting to see the community voice emerging from the design. There is a lot of detail to develop and the project team are now embedding the feedback into design briefs for the next stages of work".
The project team have now incorporated the feedback into a new design (that they have dubbed Rototuna Revisited).
Key elements of the revised design include:
- having clearer lines of sight and walkways between facilities throughout the village
- prioritising pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooters on North City Road
- increasing the number of specialised car parks close to community facilities (for people with higher needs)
- moving the skate park and playground so they are further away from the library entrance
- ensuring the village square is a connecting space between all elements
- adding a public toilet.
A link to the copy of the full report that went to the Committee is provided in the right hand column of the web page under 'Additional Information'.
The Council will consider the approach for the implementation plan in June. Another Rototuna update will be sent out following this.
If details are your thing, the design report (under Additional Information) includes a bit more detail. Note that things will continue to change, but less and less as the design develops further.