25.15.2 Objectives and Policies: Urban Design

​​​​Objectives Policies​
Urban e​nvironments that promote the retention and enhancement of urban amenity values, i.e. pleasantness, aesthetics, coherence, cultural and recreational values.​ ​ ​
Streetscape quality, public open spaces and pedestrian amenity are improved through appropriate streetscape and built-form which enhances the appearance, functionality, comfort and safety of the pedestrian environment.​
Built form and public amenity features, including public art, are encouraged to enhance public awareness of historic and contemporary heritage and culture. ​
A high standard of internal and external amenity for commercial and community buildings and a high standard of external amenity for residential buildings are provided, including provision of natural ventilation, recreation space, daylight and sunlight access, and adequate living space for residential units.​


The pleasantness, aesthetics, coherence, cultural and recreational values of an urban environment can assist to enhance the environmental, social, cultural and economic wellbeing of the community.
Through the District Plan, for both controlled and restricted discretionary activities, matters such as design quality, scale, appropriate streetscape, provision of active frontages, articulated facades and safe, legible pedestrian connections will be considered as part of the assessment criteria. Other methods such as area specific design guides, will also be used. Council can facilitate discussion, encourage and provide for design responses that will continually increase these values and the wellbeing of the Hamilton community.

​Objective Policies​
Urban environments that promote a positive sense of place and are reflective of the characteristics of the surrounding local environment.​ ​ ​ ​ ​​
Development within residential, business and City living areas is encouraged to promote a sense of human scale.​
Development will be expected to respond positively to the character of the area, the scale and proportion of buildings and spaces in which it is situated.​
Public and private development is encouraged to provide for attractions or focal points (including ‘gateways’) that assist in enhancing community identity.​
Sympathetic, contemporary design responses to cultural and heritage character within the surrounding local environment is encouraged.​
Distinctive architectural styles within identified character areas are retained.​


It is important that the positive characteristics of the local urban environment are embraced in future subdivision and development so that the local environment retains its distinctiveness, and from this, its unique sense of place.

Through the District Plan and other methods such as the Urban Design Panel, Council can facilitate and encourage design which reflects those positive attributes to enhance the sense of place and local identity.

​Objective Policies​
Continued enhancement of public and personal safety throughout the City, by reducing opportunities for ​crime to occur.​ ​
The assessment of and appropriate responses to Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles  is required within subdivision and development proposals, to reduce threats to personal safety and security and to promote the delivery or development of environments where people feel safe.​
The concepts and philosophy of CPTED are included in the Council's design, planning, management and use of public space and community facilities.​


Public and personal safety is essential to develop and sustain an inclusive City in which all ages and genders can feel comfortable. The use of CPTED principles in subdivision and development proposals such as the provision of linkages, accessibility in subdivision design and active surveillance, will assist in creating and maintaining such a city.

Objective​ Policies​​
Subdivision and development which is well connected, legible and promotes sustainable energy use. ​
Subdivision and development design responds positively to local amenity and character values and promote use of renewable energy sources.​
Subdivision and development patterns through good through site linkages and consideration of site context promote walking, cycling and other active modes of transport​


Sustainable energy use in subdivision and development has positive impacts on people economically, socially and culturally, as well as benefitting the natural environment. Through the District Plan and other methods Council can encourage subdivision and development which promotes sustainable energy use, either through the design and orientation of buildings, windows and open space, provision of through-site links for pedestrians and cyclists, or on-site water conservation measures.

Objective​ Policies​
Urban environments that integrate land use with transport planning to provide permeable, highly connected and sust​​ainable transport networks.​ ​
Activities that are well located in respect of travel demand promote an efficient transport hierarchy and compact City around key nodes and circulation networks.​
Development promotes connectivity and accessibility with pedestrian routes, cycleways, public reserves and green corridors.​


Integrating land use in subdivision and development design has positive impacts on people economically, socially and culturally, as well as benefitting the natural environment. Through the District Plan and other methods Council can encourage an integrated approach to land use and transport planning which promotes sustainable travel patterns and energy use, either through integration of existing circulation networks including transport corridors, cycleways, public reserves and green corridors or a highly connected and permeable road hierarchy.

Page reviewed: 17 Mar 2016 3:42pm