Council's strategic direction

Our Vision

Our Vision for Hamilton Kirikiriroa

Everything we do is aimed at improving the wellbeing of Hamiltonians. In 2019-20 we had conversations with our residents to understand what you love about Hamilton Kirikiriroa and what would make our city an even better place to be.

With people at the heart of everything we do, we've used this feedback to help create our vision and priorities for the next decade. These priorities reflect what you the community have said about what is important for you, your family and your neighbourhood.

These priorities have then been used to guide our 2021-31 Long-Term Plan. This plan sets out how we will deliver on our priorities for the next decade.

More information is available here: futurehamilton.co.nz/vision

Strategies and plans​​​​​​​​​​​

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Access Hamilton​

The Access Hamilton Strategy aims to meet the changing travel demands of the city. The strategy outlines the need for an affordable, safe, responsive and sustainable transport system that contributes to Hamilton’s strategic vision and achieves community outcomes in a way that is consistent with national and regional objectives.

This strategy is currently under review.

Age-Friendly Plan

Sometimes referred to as the Older Persons Plan, the Age Friendly Plan has been developed to ensure Hamilton is a desirable place to live for older people. The plan outlines objectives around improving access, safety and inclusion relating to older people.

Aquatics Strategy

This strategy focusses on the role of Hamilton City Council in the provision of aquatic facilities to help guide all future investment decisions made by Council in relation to aquatics.

Arts Agenda

This is the Council's strategic action plan for the delivery of arts-related initiatives and projects to grow the creative economy and enable Hamiltonians to celebrate and enjoy the arts. It will help guide the allocation of the Council's funding and resources and it will provide direction for the arts sector.

This is currently under review.

Biking Plan (2015-2045)

Hamilton’s Biking Plan will contribute to a more attractive and liveable city for families. The plan aims to make biking safe, convenient and visible; encouraging more people to bike more often in Hamilton.

Cemeteries Plan (2016)

The Hamilton Cemeteries Plan sets out our 10 year priorities. It describes how we will sustainably develop Hamilton Park Cemetery to meet current and future burial and cremation needs while managing and actively protecting our two heritage cemeteries, to guide operation, development, protection and public use.

Central City Safety Strategy

​This strategy was developed alongside the Central City Transformation Plan and together both plans aim to understand and improve safety within the central city. A key part of this is improving how people feel about visiting central Hamilton and providing an attractive, vibrant city centre.

Central City Transformation Plan

The Central City Transformation Plan (CCTP​) aims to transform Hamilton’s central city into a prosperous commercial centre, with a vibrant metropolitan lifestyle. The plan is an action-focused practical approach with a mixture of short and long-term projects designed to revitalise the central city and encourage more people to visit, live and work there.

Climate Change Strategy and Climate Change Action Plan

A Climate Change Strategy and Climate Change and Environment Policy, is currently under development and will ensure climate change is embedded in all decisions made across Hamilton City Council. Further information will be provided as they are developed.

The Climate Change Strategy is brought to life through the Climate Change Action plan.

See "Our City/Climate Change"

Connecting Communities: Our Venues and Spaces

Community facilities and the community facilities strategy – The wellbeing of Hamiltonians is reliant on strong communities, with facilities and infrastructure available at a local level. This strategy relates to community houses and centres that are council-owned, leased and privately operated and focuses on council's approach to renewals, maintenance, new facilities, accessibility and support to community groups.

Community and Social development Strategy

With people at the heart of everything we do, we are active in making our city an even better place to call home. This Strategy has been created to outline to our partners the way Hamilton City Council's Community and Social Development team can work with them to achieve our joint goals of improving the wellbeing of all Hamiltonians. 

Disability Policy and Action Plan

The Disability Policy and related action plan, were developed in collaboration with the disability sector. The policy applies to council staff, buildings, infrastructure, parks and events as well as writing of strategies and plans. The action plan outlines specific actions that Council will undertake to ensure people with disabilities have equity and access so they can participate in and contribute to community and civic life.

This is currently under review.

Economic Development Agenda

The Economic Development Agenda sets out Council’s vision to work with the city’s business community and others to energise economic growth and strengthen Hamilton’s contribution to the New Zealand economy.

Finance Strategy

The Finance Strategy is included within the Long Term Plan and outlines the approach to managing Council's finances and provides guidance for making spending decisions.

See "Our Council/Long-Term Plan"

Frankton Neighbourhood Plan

The Frankton Neighbourhood Plan outlines actions to support the development of one of Hamilton's oldest suburbs over the next 10-20 years. The plan sets out a number of early, short and longer term projects for the area that support the outcomes of:

  • Retaining and growing Frankton's unique economy
  • More people living in Frankton
  • Preserving, enhancing and sharing Frankton's history
  • Attracting visitors to Frankton's history and quirky character
  • Strengthening Frankton's connections with Hamilton as a city

Hamilton Arts Agenda and Public ​Art Plan

The Hamilton Arts Agenda was developed to support and grow this thriving sector by providing direction and leadership. The agenda is plan outlining the delivery of arts-related initiatives and projects to grow the creative economy. The desired outcome of the plan is to enable Hamiltonians to celebrate and enjoy the arts. The plan will help guide the allocation of the Council’s funding and resources and it will provide direction for the arts sector. 

Hamilton East Neighb​ou​rh​ood Pla​n​​​​​​

The Hamilton East Neighbourhood Plan aims to make Hamilton East a popular and attractive character suburb that embraces its history. The plan is a key project to highlight our distinctive suburban villages and guide future developments. 

Hamilton Libraries Strategic Plan (2015-2025)

The Hamilton Libraries Strategic Plan provides direction for the enhancement of Council’s libraries services. The plan aims to provide a modern library service which caters for influences from new technology and the changing needs of users.

This strategic plan is currently under review.

Hamilton Gardens Management Plan

The Vision of this Plan is to support the creation of a world class garden that enhances Hamilton's reputation, economy and quality of life. The plan defines the strategies, objectives and policies for the development, operation, management and public use of Hamilton Gardens.

Hamilton West Town Belt (WTB) Masterplan

The Hamilton West Town Belt Masterplan is a 30-year vision setting the direction for the future of the West Town Belt. The Masterplan outlines a 30-year plan to guide development of the WTB and aims to:

  • Create a place for all people to enjoy;
  • "Stitch" the WTB back together so open spaces values can be enhanced;
  • Ensure the WTB is a fit for purpose open space in the face of future demand and growth in Hamilton; and
  • Improve integration of uses and access across the entire WTB.

Hamilton Zoo Masterplan

This masterplan sets the future direction for Hamilton Zoo, its development over the next 30 years and how it will interact with Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park.

Hamilton Urban Growth Strategy (HUGS)

Hamilton Urban Growth Strategy is Council’s spatial vision for the city. The strategy the strategic approach that was agreed to by Council following a city-wide consultation process undertaken in November and December 2008.

This strategy is currently under review.

Heritage Plan

The Heritage Plan sets out Council’s approach to celebrating Hamilton’s heritage in all its forms.  The plan outlines actions for the Council to identify, manage, protect, conserve and appreciate Hamilton’s historic heritage.

He Pou Manawa Ora - Pillars of Wellbeing

He Pou Manawa Ora – Pillars of Wellbeing is a strategy which outlines Hamilton City Council's vision for a city that celebrates its special Maaori heritage, rich history, natural environmental wonders and ensures everyone has a voice in developing its future. 

Housing Strategy and Housing Action Plan

The Housing Strategy provides a vision and framework for Council to address housing need in Hamilton Kirikiriroa. It tackles a broad range of housing issues and is supported by short, medium and long-term actions to make it happen.

The Housing Strategy sets our vision that every person in Hamilton Kirikiriroa is well-housed, living in sustainable, flourishing and connected communities – it is about making sure all Hamiltonians can live in good quality homes that they can afford.

Infrastructure Strategy

The 2021-2051 Infrastructure Strategy sets out the key opportunities and challenges for delivering on the priorities identified through "Our Vision for Hamilton – Kirikiriroa" and the infrastructure investments planned to meet them over the next 30 years. 

Nature in the City Strategy (2020-2050)​

Nature – all living things including people and the ecological processes that sustain all living things – plays an essential role in our community's wellbeing. The Nature in the City Strategy sets a vision, goal and outcome areas for improving nature in Hamilton/Kirikiriroa.​

Open Spaces Plan

The Open Space Plan sets out a 50-year strategic direction for Hamilton’s parks and open spaces.  The plan presents a series of goals, priorities and an action plan that responds to the needs, challenges and opportunities facing Hamilton’s open space. This plan was developed in consultation with the community.

This plan is currently under review and will become a strategy.

Playgrounds of the Future Plan

The Playgrounds of the Future Plan outlines Council’s direction and priorities relating to the delivery of new playgrounds. The Plan guides the maintenance, upgrading and/or the development of new playgrounds. The plan aims to make playgrounds an experience with equipment that stimulates both physical and mental activity.

Play Strategy (2019 – 2039)

The Play Strategy is a vision for the next 20 years for impacting positively on the physical activity levels of people who live in or visit Hamilton city – it outlines the Council's contribution towards play within the city.

Pooches and Parks Plan

The Pooches and Parks plan outlines where new dog exercise areas will be established in the city including two fenced dog exercise areas. It also outlines how we intend to make the central city more dog friendly and provides an overview of actions to launch an etiquette campaign aimed at both people who own pooches and those who don’t.

River Plan

The Hamilton City River Plan is a comprehensive strategy to transform the way we use and view the 16km of Waikato River running through the city. The Plan is a 30-year vision for the river and will guide how we plan and use the river into the future.

Waikato Museum Strat​egic Plan​ (2016-2021)

The Museum Strategic Plan outlines how the Waikato Museum will respond to changing shifts and trends facing museums.  The plan provides actions to develop a distinctly Waikato identity and be relevant to our communities.

Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (2018-2024)

This waste plan sets out goals, objectives and targets to guide us towards waste avoidance, reduction and recovery.

Strategies currently under development

  • Climate Change Strategy – scheduled for adoption in July 2022
  • Visitor Destination Strategy
  • Welcoming Communities Plan
  • Heritage Strategy
  • Arts & Culture Strategy
  • Hamilton East Townbelt Masterplan

Long-Term Plan (LTP), Annual Plan and Annual Report

Long-Term Plan

Council's Long-Term Plan (LTP) is a 10 year view of the priorities for Council which have been identified for funding. The first 3 years of the plan identifies those priorities and projects that have been "locked in" for delivery/funding and the remaining 7 years are indicative. The LTP is reviewed every 3 years through a process that can take 12 to 18 months to complete including consultation with the community on what they believe are Council's priorities, and engagement with Elected Members.

The Annual Plan process (see below) allows Council to review short term priorities if required, prior to a LTP refresh.

Annual Plan

Council's Annual Plan process is completed annually prior to years 2 and 3 of the LTP cycle and offers Council the opportunity to review existing priorities identified in the LTP, and to consider new initiatives for funding.

Annual Report

The Annual Report provides the opportunity for Council to show the community how it has delivered against the LTP/Annual Plan priorities for the year, along with reporting against identified measures and indicators

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