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

 


Hamilton Proposed District Plan Appea

Hamilton Proposed District Plan Appeal

Property Council Waikato Branch has submitted an appeal on the Proposed Hamilton District Plan.

Waikato Branch president Rob Dol says the appeal was made on the Proposed Plan as the rules are overly restrictive and not reflective in the way businesses operate now or in the future.

“We have always said the Proposed Plan must be careful not to inhibit growth by discouraging developments with its overly prescriptive nature or lay out a blanket approach to all developments.

We know from experience that this will not produce the optimum economic or urban design outcomes desired.”

Mr Dol says one major concern of the branch is excessive use of restricted discretionary activities at the expense of permitted and controlled activities.

“Assigning a restricted discretionary status to most activities will dramatically increase compliance costs and result in delays as even relatively simple developments will have to go through a consent process, taking even more time and costing more money.”

A reduction in the number of permitted and controlled activities will reduce investment confidence and serve as a disincentive for businesses to establish or grow in Hamilton. For a thriving city, there must be an increase in permitted and controlled activities.

Property Council Waikato Branch supports the overarching objective of the Proposed Plan to deliver better quality urban environments and place strict limits on true standalone offices in areas not already approved outside the CBD.

It is crucial for the Proposed Plan to send out positive signals to investors, while simultaneously enabling Hamilton City to compete with neighbouring Auckland and Tauranga.

The document outlines concepts such as “development flexibility” in the Suburban Centre Zone and “bonuses” in the Central City, which is desirable, but they must be extended to the rest of the city.

The branch mooted the idea of an Urban Design Matrix during consultation which relies on a scoring system. This system would assess the general merits of developments, and proposals with the highest quality urban design for granting “smooth passage” through the regulatory process.

Property Council Waikato Branch will continue to work with Hamilton City Council to ensure development is encouraged to create a more competitive Hamilton.

END.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Two Years With New Methods: Crime Stats Show Increase Led By Burglary

The two years of data show an increase in the total victimisation rate of 3.1 per cent, with 12,060 more victimisations in the 2015/16 year when compared to 2014/15 year. From this increase, 72 per cent is attributable to burglaries. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Relocation Grants: 12 Grants Paid So Far

Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. More>>

ALSO:

Vaccine Funding Change: HPV Vaccines For All Children

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people... The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available for all children and adults up to the age of 26 years, and boys will now be included in the HPV school vaccination programme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Opinion Polls For Key And Trump Defy Gravity

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second time this year. More>>

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news