|Policy||Policy Description||Our Rating|
|Climate Change||Seasons slowly changing and getting gradually warmer, arriving later than expected. Pressure on city water and the real danger of gastro outbreaks like we have seen in the Hawks Bay. Possible increase in droughts leading to water shortages, increased demand for irrigation and increased risk of wild fires.|
|Transport Priorities||Cheaper bus fares. In Brisbane Australia where I use to live, public transport is very well used as they have made it relatively cheap. Queensland Transport relies on quantity to be viable. Promote carpooling as a preferred option in getting to and from work each day to reduce vehicles on our roads. This will help with congestion not to mention less air pollution. Promote cycling in the city which has both traffic congestion and health benefits. With that said, I would like to see the eastern side of the river developed to include a walk/cycle way along the river which will promote cycling and walking. The Western side of the river is well serviced with walkway/cycle paths along the entire city part of the river but not so on the eastern side.|
|Waste and Recycling||Increase range of recyclables collected to include plastic pots, tubs and trays. Waxed cartons and pizza boxes should also be collected instead on placing them in landfills. Introduce food waste/organic waste collections for all households. An achievable target of no more than 5% of household waste should be landfilled by 2026.|
|Housing Development||Rates incentives to central city buildings that are empty to encourage development into central city apartments which in turn would invigorate our city centre. Open up land in the Peacockes area to developers and cutting red tape to make it easier for land development/release. For those who are holding onto land (landbanking) if this is the case and the land is not their primary location for residing then a significant rates increase to encourage them to develop sections for sale.|
|Managing Resources||A better working relationship with our local authorities, community groups and other utility services across the Waikato district as a whole. Our planning should involve a more regional approach to sustainability issues with better recognition of interaction between types of infrastructure (water, Sewer, storm water, Power, Transportation etc). Rainwater tanks could be another option that could be investigated for promotion. Building up, not out should also be a priority. There is not reason why Hamilton should not have multi story apartments that cater to everyone's needs.|
|City Centre Garden Place||Our city is evolving and we have to change with it. 68 empty stores in town and CBD businesses cannot compete with the likes of Chartwell and The Base. I would like incentives given to central buildings that are empty to develop those stores into central city chic apartments. We have a housing shortage, why not invigorate our CBD at the same time. HCC could look at a rates holiday for the developers who take up this opportunity. Having the central city populated will increase central use, full restaurants, bars and make the city a safer place. I would also like to see the 1st 2hrs of parking in CBD free.
Use of Garden Place during summer months. Free concerts and movie evenings with family movies to encourage people into CBD which will again improve use of central restaurants etc. The shared area of vehicular and foot traffic in Garden Place by the City Council Buildings should be removed to make it pedestrian only. It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or killed as the space is not large enough for vehicles (two way) and pedestrians. I would like to see all of Ward Street a paved walking area only and the only vehicles allowed access are service vehicles. This would make it safer and the street could be developed into an eatery area.