Council plans upgrade to Hamilton East township

Hamilton City Council plans to spend $31,800 developing a neighbourhood plan for Hamilton East (15/12/2015).

The city council has set aside $31,800 to capture the distinctive qualities and aspirations of Hamilton East.
 
The leafy suburb is one of Hamilton's oldest neighbourhoods and merged with Hamilton West in 1877.
 
The council's neighbourhood plan will provide direction for how Hamilton East develops over the next 10 to 20 years.
 
Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker, deputy mayor Gordon Chesterman and councillors Rob Pascoe and Martin Gallagher have been appointed to a working group tasked with developing the strategic document.
 
Hamilton East stakeholders will be consulted and a survey will also be used to tap into the public's view.
 
Work is currently underway on a neighbourhood plan for Frankton.
 
However, councillor Andrew King questioned the value of neighbourhood plans and said the document could lead to more restrictions being placed on Hamilton East residents.
 
"You already have to pay I think it's close to $3000 just to get a resource consent to work on your fence alone, which is shocking," King said.
 
"What other restrictions are going to come in? What extra design criteria are you going to have to go through before you do anything? It's just setting up more red tape, more restrictions on property owners and what you can and can't do."
 
The Hamilton East Neighbourhood Plan flows out of the Hamilton Plan which sets out the city's 10 main goals over the next decade, including creating distinctive suburban villages.
 
King asked how many plans did the city need and wondered if neighbourhood plans would eventually be written for Rototuna, Rotokauri, Dinsdale, Flagstaff, Glenview, Hillcrest and Te Rapa.
 
In reply, Gallagher said newer suburbs already had structure plans to guide their development.
 
Neighbourhood plans were effective in addressing how older suburbs could be regenerated, he said.
 
"To use the cheese ad, 'all good things take time', and I don't see things stopping at the Frankton plan or the Hamilton East plan at all. I think there are lots of precincts in this city that we will be looking at," Gallagher said.
 
The working party will present the draft Hamilton East Neighbourhood Plan to councillors in June next year.
 
Meanwhile, elected members have endorsed the draft Waikato Museum strategic plan for public consultation.
 
The public has until February 12 to provide feedback.
 
Lance Vervoort, council's community general manager, said feedback to date indicated what the museum was doing well and areas it needed to address.
 
Nearly 50 per cent of non-users said they did not know where the museum was located.
 
Vervoort hoped the planned Michael Parekowhai sculpture, Tongue of the Dog, outside Waikato Museum would help attract more people "with its very colourful ambience".

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