|Policy||Policy Description||Our Rating|
|Climate Change||Climate change will result in impacts on our city and the environment in which we operate. The data shows that we will be relatively insulated as a region in comparison to other areas, but we need to act as part of a community to mitigate and prepare. The effects are still emerging, for example, on the agriculture patterns and drought, but I am committed to working with WRC and other stakeholders to mitigate emissions and adapt to the effects. Hamilton City Council is already a signatory to a commitment to tackle climate change, and that is something the new council will look at working with.|
|Transport Priorities||"We need to get more people on buses. Major cities around the world see office and retail workers join students, elderly and other and car-less travellers on public transport. The future of transitioning from a growing city to a grownup city is about creating systems that incentivise more people to catch the bus. Our current system doesn’t provide value for money and the routes don’t work for many people. It needs to be improved to attract users other that students and others for whom there is a price advantage.
For example it needs buses fit for run size, better card payment system to allow users to top up at stations by eftpos, the customer service desk at bus station should be open until after the peaks in the evening. We need to work with and put pressure on Regional Council to deliver a service fit for the growing city.
School traffic is another issue and therefore we need to bring forward investment in cycling infrastructure that was mooted in the Long Term Plan and bike/scooter/walk to school programmes and fast track the safe bike ways on school routes eg Ham East, Peachgrove, Boys High cluster. We already have an advantage in our flat geography and have a better environment for this compared to cities like Wellington.
The train north is critical as it would also open the opportunity of commuter trains between Hamilton and other Waikato towns such as Huntly. "
|Waste and Recycling||"In two ways :
By making it easier to recycle by providing households with a multi bin service
By education - continue to support enviro school initiatives that provide focused education at children who drive the message at home
|Housing Development||Growth will be divided between greenfield and brownfield sites. I have already spoken at length about the infrastructure requirements that the city needs, but this is only half the story. We need to produce a more diverse housing stock that will complement our existing homes. I’ll push and enable the building of affordable housing in the CBD, which will help regenerate the city.|
|Managing Resources||"Good planning on fact based projections will allow for a forward assessment of the needs. We are already spending lots on new infrastructure and I want to make our spending more efficient by dovetailing this with demand-side measures.
We need to make it easier for developers to put in demand side measures or sustainable water management.
For example, demands on water must be managed and promotion of better water use and recycling must be encouraged. Examples are the use of rainwater and grey water tanks in residential households for non household water use. This reduces the demand on our water requirements and also helps manage stormwater run off ( a key impactor on the quality of the river).
We can be smarter about how we use our resources. For example, increasing building rates per hectare and improving water efficiency are both proven ways to cope with the natural resource challenges of growth"
|City Centre Garden Place||"I want to see more people living, working and playing in the CBD. I will lead a new strong focus on levering in residential and commercial investment to the CBD and improving the quality of public spaces there.
A city’s central business district is the organ that pumps the blood to make the rest of the city work. Grownup cities are judged by their CBDs because it is the place of convergence for government, business, leisure and democracy. A CBD that works sends the message that the city is working.
As Mayor, I plan to kickstart the CBD by:
1.Getting more people living in the CBD
2.Shrinking the CBD footprint and building upwards to stimulate density, or create a ‘soul’ for the CBD
3.Trialling free parking in specified areas of the CBD and measuring the impact on trade
4.The creation of a real Master Plan, that includes step changes like investment in technology
5.Setting in place structures for CBD governance
Garden place will be only one of a suite of new public spaces including Ferrybank and Victoria on the River that will also help change public perceptions. The space is not successful at the moment, I would like to see more activated edges to drive footfall, while a drive in residential and commercial activity in the city more generally will also help commercial confidence in the space. "