Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Hutt City Council Proposes Significant Growth

HUTT CITY COUNCIL NEWS RELEASE

27 February 2014

Hutt City Council Proposes Significant Growth

A state of the art Civic Centre and the development of Fraser Park were two of the 30 proposals to rejuvenate Lower Hutt that were up for discussion at Hutt City Council yesterday.

Council’s Community Plan Committee met yesterday to consider the draft Annual Plan, which reflects a significant shift from previous years as it proposes considerable investment in infrastructure and building that is designed to propel growth.

The plan proposes progressing key projects as part of Council’s Annual Plan, and introduces a series of new initiatives that the community will be invited to provide feedback on.

Key proposals include:

• Huia Pool – the addition of learn to swim and hydrotherapy facilities

• High density residential and commercial developments – extending financial incentive policies to create additional growth

• Fraser Park Sportsville Project – bringing the completion date forward and increasing funding

• Avalon Park - development of a premier playground facility

• Civic Centre - bringing forward the date of the Civic Centre work (Town and Horticultural Halls and Riddiford Gardens)

• CBD bus interchange and riverside promenade - design work and planning

A range of investments in other smaller, but crucial projects including enhancing some of the city’s suburban shopping centres, improvements to the Hutt Recreation ground, and adding water filling stations in the North East suburbs that tap into the Waiwhetu aquifer, were also included.

A new Civic Centre for Lower Hutt has been on the table for some time, with both the Horticultural Hall and Town Hall deemed high earthquake risk, and both buildings well below earthquake code.

During yesterday’s meeting, the Community Facilities Trust was invited by Hutt City Council to present on the Petone Arena project, a boutique community arena that could hold up to 12,000 people. Council will look closely at this initiative over the next three weeks to decide whether or not this project should be added for consideration into the 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan, this decision will be made on March 18.

Mayor Ray Wallace says while many of the proposals seem relatively small in comparison to the Civic Centre proposal, all are in line with the City’s recently completed Urban Growth Strategy and Integrated Facilities Plan and all must fit within Council’s vision around making Hutt City a great place to live, work and play.

“There is considerable consultation ahead of us for all of these projects, and we look forward to hearing what people think of these proposals.

“I would urge people to recognise the importance of moving our city forward in a very tangible way. If we invest in our city, we will unquestionably thrive.

Hutt City Council CEO, Tony Stallinger states; “Council is in an excellent financial position to consider additional development in the city. We have low debt and have had the lowest rates increases in the region over the past decade. The proposals on the table in yesterday’s Community Plan Committee require only an additional 0.2% average increase in rates for the 2014/2015 year over the 2.4% average increase previously forecast.”


Council proposals need to be audited before public consultation can commence on April 15.

Copies of the summary of the Draft Annual Plan will be available in hard copy and will be distributed within the Hutt News on April 15. Copies of the plan will also be available at the eight public libraries throughout Hutt City, Hutt City Council run swimming pools, the Lower Hutt i-SITE and at the newly located Council Administration building at 531 High Street, Lower Hutt.

The community will also be able to provide feedback online from April 15 at huttcity.govt.nz.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The
America’s Cup

The fact New Zealand now reigns supreme once again in the most sophisticated contest in the world’s most elite sport – yacht racing – can’t help but reflect the trajectory the country has been on since the 1980s...

Elite sport used to feel more like a collective, shared experience. It was our team, composed of people who lived and worked like us. Now, not so much. More>>

 

PM's Press Conference: Red Socks And Secret Tapes

Prime Minister Bill English began his post-cabinet press conference by explaining how well the National Party's annual conference went. He also mentioned today's announcement of changes to the EQC disaster insurance legislation and wished Emirates Team New Zealand well in the America's Cup. More>>

Max Rashbrooke: On How To Make Government More Open

International surveys, while often complimentary, have also pinpointed major weaknesses: political donations are badly regulated, for instance, and appointments to government boards frequently go to those with strong political connections. More>>

In Court: Hamilton Student's Lawsuit Over Climate Change Policy

A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement. As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election