27 April 2018
With a few days to go until the 30 April deadline for submissions on Hamilton’s draft 10-Year Plan, there has already been a record number of views presented.
Hamilton City Council Chief Executive Richard Briggs says the quantity and quality of the submissions so far shows Hamiltonians understand the key issues and opportunities for the city in the years ahead.
“We’ve already received more than 950 submissions since consultation opened on March 29, triple the amount received for the last 10-Year Plan and a record for 10-Year Plan submissions,” Mr Briggs says.
“A long-term plan for a city is a massive piece of work. In December last year, after months of briefings and literally thousands of pages of detailed information, our Council put together its vision for the future of Hamilton and the budgets to support that vision.
“This is about balancing community facilities, transport improvements, managing growth and ensuring we have a sustainable financial base,” Mr Briggs says.
“Nothing is set in stone. Our Council has some big decisions to make around the future of the city and the feedback we receive will ensure the community’s views are well represented when the next stage of the process starts.”
Through the consultation period there were more than 30 community sessions around the city to encourage people to make submissions. A summary of the draft Plan and supporting data was available online and from Hamilton City Libraries. All ratepayers were sent a personalised letter detailing the effect of the Plan’s proposals on their property’s rates.
“It’s a complex and detailed Plan, and it’s created plenty of debate and discussion in our city. I’d like to thank all submitters for their time and effort to give their views and encourage others to be part of the process before submissions close on Monday,” Mr Briggs says.
Submissions will be reviewed and analysed next month and Council will hear from people who have indicated they want to make a verbal submission. By early June the Council will make its final deliberations on the draft Plan, before it is finalised and audited. When complete, the Plan will be adopted in late June and take effect from 1 July 2018.
To make a submission go to hamilton.govt.nz/10yearplan before 30 April 2018.