|Policy||Policy Description||Our Rating|
|Climate Change||Water shortages in summer months. Price of power for heating in winter. Longer and more severe winter conditions impacting on residents' health. Alternative, sustainable power generation. Longer and hotter summer months: provide increased neighbourhood green spaces.|
|Transport Priorities||Use the 2.7 km Western Rail Trail as a model to develop more shared cycleways and pedestrian use. Plan ahead and learn from the awful problems Auckland is facing. Subsidize partnerships with private/public transport providers. The extensive housing development in the NE and now the SW of the city calls for a coordinated strategy to link the central city with the base, NE, Waikato University, the proposed inland port at Ruakura, new bridge across the Waikato River, Hamilton airport, Temple View, Melville, Waikato Hospital and the west feeding the Raglan traffic.
Subsidized or free bus service from certain points off the Waikato Expressway (current and developing), the ring road (Wairere Drive) and Provincial Highways feeding into the city; to the CBD.
|Waste and Recycling||Big is not always the best. I would strongly recommend the Invercargill, Oamaru and recently the Christchurch models of recycling. No need to reinvent the wheel here. These councils have done the hard work for us.|
|Housing Development||I attended a prospective candidates meeting where the Council CEO said we have enough land set aside for housing to meet our needs for projected development over the next 30 years. My immediate thoughts were: is this reflected in the price, availability and locality of new sections?
I would support a balanced development in terms of locality including inner city living.
The price of new sections is determined by developer's costs and certain compliance issues on which the Council has a major impact. I would support streamlining and cutting costs to make new sections more affordable.
The cost of new houses has a large component of specialized services - builders, plumbers. brick layers, electricians, roofers, scaffolders, etc. The demand in Auckland has drawn many of these service providers away from Hamilton. Those still here are not available for months. The city has a responsibility to share with others, to meet the training skills needed for apprentices for the building-related trades.
|Managing Resources||Referring to the earlier question, there is no shortage of land to meet the projected growth of Hamilton's population in the medium term. Zoning of areas should be carefully evaluated and provide variety for current and future needs. We need to be more proactive and learn from Auckland's Unitary Plan virtually forced on that city's overwhelming demands.
A zone for 2 level housing could well be for a 3 or 4 or 5 level housing. Apartment inner city living is finding more acceptance with younger people and even some older people who don't have young families. We need more flexibility, and if the answer is no, we need to explore why is the answer no and can that no be changed to yes?
Encourage solar energy for new builds.
Encourage roof run-off saved in plastic drums for watering gardens and washing cars...
Insulated houses with double glazing should be mandatory for new builds.
Education promoting conservation of finite natural resources.
Hamilton is blessed with the mighty Waikato river. The city is well placed to provide cost effective safe water to all its residents without installing water meters.
|City Centre Garden Place||I have talked with people over many years about Hamilton and here are some thoughts from those conversations:
If you are from the north or the south and you drove through, with some stop-overs, what would you remember about Hamilton? ie Have you been to and passed through Hamilton? What did you experience?
Hamilton Gardens is iconic and has put Hamilton on the international radar. The Waikato river with the developing walk/cycleways. The Council plans for closer connection between the CBD and the river is underway. Waikato Museum has much to offer the visitor. What else stands out?
Hamilton - the Fountain City? Linked to Founders Theatre currently living its last breath? ...
Our city, apart from Rotorua, is unique in terms of its Maori heritage. Compare the two cities, looking for this heritage and it becomes clear how we can model Hamilton, its surroundings, the CBD and in particular the Garden Place to complement the city's rich Maori heritage, Whatanoa Gate way to the stadium, Whaikakariki scenic reserve, Te Parapapa gardens ....