HAMILTON'S 2012-22 DRAFT 10-YEAR PLAN - Hamilton City Council

 
HAMILTON'S 2012-22 DRAFT 10-YEAR PLAN - Hamilton City Council
HAMILTON’S 2012-22 DRAFT 10-YEAR PLAN

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HAMILTON’S 2012-22 DRAFT 10-YEAR PLAN
CONTENTS

      MESSAGE FROM YOUR MAYOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE                                  4

      YOUR COUNCIL                                                                 6

      TELL US WHAT YOU THINK                                                       8

      OUR VISION FOR HAMILTON                                                     10

      LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS                                                     12

      HOW YOUR RATES ARE SPENT                                                    20

      COUNCIL SERVICES                                                            22
           ARTS AND RECREATION: Libraries, pools, Hamilton Zoo, Waikato Museum,
           theatres, sports parks, arts promotion, indoor recreation              24
           CITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT: Planning guidance and compliance,
           city planning                                                          31
           CITY PROSPERITY: Economic development, strategic property
           investment, Claudelands, Waikato Stadium, Seddon Park                  35
           CITY SAFETY: Animal control, building control, environmental
           health and public safety                                               40
           COMMUNITY SERVICES: Emergency management, community
           investment, housing, cemeteries, crematorium                           44
           DEMOCRACY: Governance, civic functions, partnership with Maaori        51
           PARKS AND OPEN SPACES: Amenity parks, Hamilton Gardens, natural
           areas, streetscapes                                                    55
           SOLID WASTE: Rubbish and recycling collection, waste minimisation,
           landfill site management                                               59
           STORMWATER: Stormwater network, catchment management                   63
           TRANSPORTATION: Transport network, travel demand management,
           parking management                                                     67
           WASTEWATER: Wastewater collection, treatment and disposal              74
           WATER SUPPLY: Treatment, storage, distribution, demand management      78

      COUNCIL PROJECTS                                                            82
H A M I LT O N C I T Y C O U N C I L

                  from your
                                       MAYOR AND
                                         WELCOME TO OUR NEW-LOOK DRAFT
                                         10-YEAR PLAN.

                                         EVERY THREE YEARS ALL COUNCILS
                                         MUST PROVIDE A DETAILED PLAN
                                         SETTING OUT WHAT THEY WILL BE
                                         DOING IN THE COMING DECADE. THIS
                                         DRAFT 10-YEAR PLAN SETS OUT
                                         THE COUNCIL’S PROGRAMME FOR
                                         HAMILTON, HOW MUCH IT WILL COST
                                         AND THE OUTCOMES THAT WILL BE
                                         DELIVERED TO THE CITY.

                                         In putting it together, the Council has had to
                                         address the serious financial issues it is facing and
                                         build on the changes already made in this current
                                         financial year.

                                         In past years the city has grown rapidly and the
                                         Council has made significant investments in
                                         infrastructure, facilities and services. These were
                                         funded by borrowing and that means the Council’s
                                         debt has risen to an unsustainable level.

                                         In the past five years the Council has also spent
                                         more than it has earned, resulting in it running
                                         at a loss.

                                         The global financial recession continues to have
                                         substantial impact on the Council’s revenue and
                                         we can no longer sustain the current levels of debt
                                         and spending.

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE
To address these financial issues, we are proposing      We want your feedback on our plan which:
cuts to spending and increases to revenue. The focus     • Holds rates rises at 3.8% to existing ratepayers
has been on the first three years and the full details     each year for the next 10 years. This provides
are in this plan.                                          certainty for ratepayers, is substantially lower
                                                           than most years in the past decade and the
To get to this position we have gone through a
                                                           forecasted rates rises of the last 10-Year Plan.
comprehensive and thorough exercise scrutinising
every area of council spending, and made decisions       • Keeps debt at about $440 million for 10 years.
about where cost savings can be made and what the          Previously debt levels were planned to reach
priorities are. Some tough decisions have been taken       more than $700 million.
and some of those won’t please everyone.
                                                         • Reduces what it costs to run the city by
We have tried to focus spending cuts on areas with         $15 million over the next three years by cutting
minimum possible impact on our community. We               some services and increasing some user charges.
are committed to delivering all of the essential
services to the city, but the Council organisation       Hamilton really is a great place to live and work.
will become leaner and more efficient.                     We are a significant city in New Zealand. This draft
                                                         10-Year Plan is a new direction for Hamilton and
This plan still provides for development and some        is very different to its predecessor. It is a financial
exciting projects to meet the needs of our growing       makeover to ensure we continue to provide for our
city. There will be new roads and we’re also             fast-growing city in a financially sustainable way.
enhancing some of the city’s key assets that make
Hamilton such a great place to live. The much-loved
Hamilton Gardens will be expanded and improved,
we’re continuing to fund the creative sector and
Seddon Park facilities are being upgraded.
                                                         Julie Hardaker              Barry Harris
To increase revenue we are proposing to increase         Mayor                       Chief Executive
user pays charges in some areas and there are some
new fees.

“We are a significant city in New Zealand. This
draft 10-Year Plan is a new direction for Hamilton
and is very different to its predecessor.”

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YOUR COUNCIL

                                           Gordon                                        Ewan         Maria                Dave
                          Angela                    Martin   Peter                                          Roger
                                   Julie                             Pippa                      Daphne              Margaret
                                                                              John

                                                                     COUNCIL COMMITTEES

                                       Finance and Monitoring Committee (monitors Council’s budget and performance)
                                                                CHAIR – Dave Macpherson
                                                               DEPUTY – Gordon Chesterman

                               Operations and Activity Performance Committee (oversees activities Council is responsible for)
                                                                CHAIR – Martin Gallagher
                                                                DEPUTY – Angela O’Leary

                                       Strategy and Policy Committee (oversees Council’s strategy and policy direction)
                                                                 CHAIR – Maria Westphal
                                                                  DEPUTY – Daphne Bell

                                        Statutory Management Committee (oversees planning and regulatory matters)
                                                                CHAIR – John Gower
                                                              DEPUTY – Margaret Forsyth

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MAYOR
Julie Hardaker      021 284 8618   mayor@hcc.govt.nz
DEPUTY MAYOR
Gordon Chesterman   021 922 927    gordon.chesterman@council.hcc.govt.nz
Daphne Bell         021 341 767    daphne.bell@council.hcc.govt.nz
Peter Bos           021 285 7019   peter.bos@council.hcc.govt.nz
Margaret Forsyth    021 616 562    margaret.forsyth@council.hcc.govt.nz
Martin Gallagher    021 241 8434   martin.gallagher@council.hcc.govt.nz
John Gower          021 318 789    john.gower@council.hcc.govt.nz
Roger Hennebry      021 318 439    roger.hennebry@council.hcc.govt.nz
Dave Macpherson     021 477 388    dave.macpherson@council.hcc.govt.nz
Pippa Mahood        021 809 964    pippa.mahood@council.hcc.govt.nz
Angela O’Leary      021 343 774    angela.oleary@council.hcc.govt.nz
Maria Westphal      021 341 782    maria.westphal@council.hcc.govt.nz
Ewan Wilson         021 276 6644   ewan.wilson@council.hcc.govt.nz

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Tell us
WHAT YOU THINK
                       This is Hamilton City Council’s draft 10-Year Plan.
                       IT’S WHERE WE SET OUT HOW WE’RE GOING TO
                       RUN THE CITY FOR THE NEXT DECADE.
                       And where you can find out what it costs to run the city, how the rates you pay will be
                       spent, and what new projects we are planning to make Hamilton a better place to live.

                       But most importantly, this is the opportunity for you to add your comments.

                       Tell us what you think about what we’re planning, include your ideas and feedback
                       and it will be considered by the Council as part of the decision-making process.

                       THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS YOU CAN MAKE A
                       SUBMISSION ON HAMILTON’S DRAFT 10 YEAR PLAN:

                           ONLINE                       POST                             DELIVER
                           Fill in a form at            Freepost 172189                  Bring your submission
                           www.hamilton.co.nz           10-Year Plan Submission          to the Hamilton City Council
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                       If you make a submission, you can also indicate
                       if you want to speak in support of it at a Council
                       meeting. All submissions are treated as public
                       documents and will be loaded on to the Council’s
                       website with the names and contact details of                          YOUR
                       submitters included. If you have any questions
                       about making a submission please phone 838 6537.                       SAY
                       CLOSING DATE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE
                       RECEIVED BY THE COUNCIL NO LATER
                                                                                                             CO PY O F TH E
                       THAN THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012                                          D OW N LOA D A
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                                                                                              D RA FT 10 YEA
                       MORE INFORMATION
                       Additional copies of the draft 10-Year Plan and a
                                                                                                  YOU CAN CALL 838 6537
                       summary of it are available from the Hamilton City
                       Council offices in Garden Place, at any branch of the                                         PY TO
                                                                                                  AND REQUEST A COPY
                       Hamilton City Libraries or online at www.hamilton.co.nz.                   BE SENT TO YOU.

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INFORMATION EVENTS                                            YOUR
                                                              SAY
The Council is planning several community
meetings where you can come along and find
out more about the draft 10-Year Plan and
offer your comments.

The Mayor, Councillors and staff will be on
hand to answer questions and discuss any
issue you want to raise.

 MEETING DATES

All members of the community are welcome to attend
                                               end any of the following information events:
DATE                                TIME            VENUE

Wednesday, 28 March                 7-9pm          Western Community Centre, 46 Hyde Ave, Nawton
Monday, 2 April                     11am-2pm The Verandah Cafe, Lake Domain Drive, Hamilton Lake
Wednesday, 4 April                  7-9pm          Chapel Hill Church, 2 Cate Road, Rototuna
Wednesday, 11 April                 7-9pm          Perry Foundation Playhouse Foyer,
                                                   Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts,
                                                   University of Waikato, Gate 2B, Knighton Road, Hamilton

WHERE TO FROM HERE
 KEY DATES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE 10 YEAR PLAN

            March 15     Council adopts draft 10-Year Plan for consultation with community.
  March 19 - April 19    Draft 10-Year Plan open for public submissions.
            March 28     Information event, Western Community Centre, 7-9pm
              April 2    Information event, The Verandah Cafe, 11am-2pm
              April 4    Information event, Chapel Hill Church, 7-9pm
             April 11    Information event, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, 7-9pm
           May 14-18     Hearings for submitters who want to speak to the Council about
                         their submission.
           May 29-30     Council to make decisions on submissions.
             June 29     Council adopts final 10-Year Plan.
            Early July   Letters sent to submitters advising them of submission decisions.

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                                       OUR VISION
                                        HAMILTON IS A BRIGHT AND INNOVATIVE
                                        CITY BUT WE WANT TO MAKE IT BETTER.
                                               We have a vision for the city which is outlined
                                               here. It incorporates our goals and aspirations
                                               for Hamilton – a city we believe should offer
                                               the best economically, environmentally, socially
                                               and culturally to everyone who lives here.

                                               Everything the Council does is directly linked
                                               to our vision. You will see this reflected
                                               throughout the 10-Year Plan in each of the
                                               Council’s 12 business service areas.

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FOR HAMILTON
OUR VISION IS TO BE A SMART CITY IN EVERY WAY AND IN
EVERYTHING WE DO.

WE HAVE A UNIQUE, GREEN AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, WITH THE WAIKATO
RIVER RUNNING THROUGH THE HEART OF OUR CITY. WE CELEBRATE OUR DIVERSE
COMMUNITY AND ACKNOWLEDGE OUR AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE.

THESE ARE THE OUTCOMES AND GOALS WE HAVE FOR HAMILTON:
PROSPEROUS                          OUTSTANDING                            PEOPLE LOVE
AND INNOVATIVE                      CITY LEADERSHIP                        LIVING HERE
• Hamilton has a strong,            • Hamilton is led by effective,        • Hamilton embraces the
  productive economy and we           open and responsive governance         Waikato River and it is the
  build on our economic strengths                                            focal point of our city
                                    • Council’s finances are sustainable
• We have a thriving CBD              for the long term                    • We value, preserve and
                                                                             protect Hamilton’s natural,
• It’s easy to do business here     • We operate efficiently and
                                                                             green environment
                                      provide exceptional service
• Our city grows and prospers
                                                                           • Our city is attractive, well-
  in a sustainable way              • The city takes a leadership role
                                                                             designed and compact with
                                      regionally and nationally
                                                                             outstanding architecture and
                                                                             distinctive public spaces
                                                                           • Our city is a fun place to live
                                                                             with a vibrant Arts scene
                                                                           • Hamilton is a safe city
                                                                           • It’s easy to get around
                                                                           • We celebrate our people
                                                                             and many cultures

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LIVING WITHIN
OUR MEANS
                  THIS IS THE HEART OF OUR DRAFT 10 YEAR
                  PLAN, IT IS THE RESULT OF A REVIEW OF
                  ALL OUR BUSINESS AND HAS BEEN DRIVEN
                  BY A NEED TO ADDRESS SOME SERIOUS
                  FINANCIAL ISSUES FACING THE CITY MORE
                  THAN 145,000 PEOPLE CALL HOME.
                  Putting it together has been an extensive
                  project that has seen every aspect of
                  Council business examined.
                  This is about living within our means,
                  returning the Council’s budget to surplus
                  and getting debt under control.

                                  EVERY SECOND of every            Every year Hamilton’s
                                  day, the Water Treatment Plant   POPULATION GROWS
                                  produces an average of 2200
                                  GLASSES of high quality water.   BY ABOUT 2000.

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The challenge                                           Our response
The Council’s vision for Hamilton is to be a smart      The Council recognised the way it managed its
city in every way and in everything we do.              finances needed to change and agreed it needed to
                                                        return to surplus and get debt under control before
Every activity the Council undertakes is done with
                                                        embarking on new projects.
our vision in mind.
                                                        There were several options to address the financial
But Hamilton faces significant financial challenges.
                                                        issues including significant cuts to Council services
In past years the city has experienced a prolonged      and substantial rates rises. But in deciding the best
period of rapid growth and the Council has              way forward, we believed it was important to take
responded by investing in new infrastructure,           into consideration the affordability of rates and
facilities and services. These were funded by           maintaining important services to a growing city.
borrowing and means the Council’s debt has now
                                                        This draft 10-Year Plan has involved a substantial
risen to a level we believe is unsustainable.
                                                        review of every aspect of Council business.
In recent years growth has slowed and anticipated
                                                        The Council carefully scrutinised the services it
income from developers has not been received.
                                                        provides, the fees it charges and the assets it owns.
The effect of that is that Council has been running
                                                        We compared what we do to other councils and
at a loss for the past five years.
                                                        sought advice on where our Council could be more
The global financial recession continues to have a      cost-effective.
substantial impact on how much the city earns. We
                                                        Some difficult decisions have been made. There will
expect that impact to continue for at least the first
                                                        be cuts to some services the Council provides, and
three years of this 10-Year Plan.
                                                        some user fees are going up.

                                                        The decisions made won’t please everyone but
                                                        the cuts have been made in areas that will have a
                                                        minimum impact on ratepayers. And there are still
                                                        some new projects for the city.

                                                        In the future we will be in a much stronger
  Every day about                                       financial position and that will mean we can

  130,000 CARS                                          afford to do more when the need arises.
  cross the city’s six bridges.

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                         The results of the review can be summed up like this:     The details of debt management, service cuts, fee
                                                                                   increases and the impact on the Council’s overall
                         • We will return to surplus by 2017.
                                                                                   budget can be found in the Council Services section
                         • Debt levels will be retained at about the same          of this document. In addition, a detailed list of
                            level for the next 10 years. (Three years ago debt     funded projects and projects the Council can’t
                            was forecast to reach almost $700 million. It will     afford at this time are included starting on page 82.
                            now remain at about $440 million.)

                         • Total rates will rise 3.8% each year to existing
                                                                                   Balancing the books
                            ratepayers for the next 10 years providing
                            certainty to ratepayers. (By comparison rates          The Council has been run at a loss for the past five
                            went up by 8% for the average Hamilton                 years. If this continued future generations would be
                            household last year.)                                  left with more debt combined with assets in need
                                                                                   of major overhaul and no ability to pay or borrow.
                         This is how the Council plans to live within its means:
                                                                                   The proposed total rates increase of 3.8% per
                         • Operating budgets have been cut by $11.7
                                                                                   year to existing ratepayers for the next 10 years,
                            million. That will affect some services but it
                                                                                   coupled with reduced spending fixes this problem
                            is expected the impact of those cuts will be
                                                                                   in five years. From then the budget will produce
                            minimal. Council staff numbers will also be
                                                                                   operating surpluses. This will allow new assets and
                            reduced.
                                                                                   upgrades to be paid for without the same amount
                         • Some user charges will go up which will bring in
                                                                                   of borrowing.
                            an extra $3.5 million each year.
                                                                                   Balanced Budget
                         • Some assets will be sold and we will look at
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Council wants to provide certainty to ratepayers              By June this year the Council expects to owe $400
about their rates bills. We have also listened to the         million - or about $7500 per ratepayer. Five years
community telling us that rates rises should be kept          ago that figure was $143 million and $2800 per
to a minimum.                                                 ratepayer.

With that in mind the Council is proposing a                  Next year debt will reach about $2.50 for every
3.8% rates rise per year to existing ratepayers for           dollar the Council collects in rates, user charges and
the next 10 years. The increase compares to an                other income streams. Council agrees this is too
estimated average Consumer Price Index increase               high.
of 2.5% per year and the rises are lower than seven
                                                              The Council proposes to increase its debt
of the last nine years.
                                                              repayments and cap debt at about $440 million
If rates rises were set lower than what we suggest,           for the next 10 years, and look at selling assets
more cuts to Council services would need to be                to reduce the debt balance. In the first two years
made.                                                         of this plan there is a small debt increase caused
                                                              by contracts we are already committed to, and
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                                                                          As well as cutting services and increasing user
                                                                          charges, the Council could also sell some assets.
                           Looking after what                             We are asking you whether the Council should sell

                           we’ve got                                      some of its assets to pay off debt. In the coming
                                                                          months staff will look at options for selling.
                           The Council owns a wide range of assets
                                                                          Possible sales include:
                           from roads and water pipes to parks,
                           library books and buildings.                   • Citizens Advice Bureau Kent Street [Land and
                                                                            Building]
                           Our assets need to be maintained so they
                                                                          • Go Bus Depot
                           keep delivering what you expect.
                                                                          • Hamilton City Holiday Park [Land and Buildings]
                           There are times we will need to spend
                                                                          • Horotiu Lifestyle Blocks [Land]
                           more on them to keep them to a suitable
                           standard.                                      • Jag 2000 Anglesea Street [Commercial]

                                                                          • Knox Street Carpark
                           In the past five years we have spent $408
                           million looking after our existing assets      • Metro Judo Hall [Land and Building]
                           and building new ones.                         • Mill Street land

                           This has contributed to the city’s increase    • Organic Recycling Centre [Land and Building]
                           in debt.                                       • Peacockes Lane [Land and Dwelling]

                           In the next five years we have budgeted to     • Refuse Transfer Station
                           spend $255 million on the city’s assets.       • Riverlea Road [Land adjoining theatre]

                           That figure is substantially less than what    • Theatres – Clarence Street and The Meteor
                           has been spent on assets in the past few       • YMCA and adjacent kohanga reo
                           years. We are still looking after what we
                           have, but spending a lot less on new assets.

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                                                      Pensioner housing
These properties and investments are likely to        In this draft 10-Year Plan we are proposing to
be sold subject to certain conditions and an          sell our pensioner housing stock. We own 395
acceptable sale price:                                pensioner housing units, split among 24 complexes
                                                      across the city.
• Garden Place carpark

• Council’s share of Novotel and Ibis hotels          These complexes are occupied by people who are
                                                      aged 60 or over and who meet eligibility criteria.
• Council’s share in Waikato Innovation Park

These strategic sites may be sold depending on        Our proposal is to sell the complexes to a social

development proposals:                                housing provider, such as a welfare agency. We
                                                      want to know what you think about our proposal.
• Land behind ArtsPost

• Commercial properties on Brooklyn Rd                Separate to this decision, the Council is planning to
                                                      sell three of its pensioner housing complexes this
• Sonning carpark
                                                      year that are no longer suitable for elderly tenants.
• Victoria on the River site                          They are River Rd, Johnson Rd and Ascot Reid Ryan.
We may also sell a number of municpal and domain
                                                      Existing tenants will be rehoused. If sold, the
endowment properties. However, the income
                                                      proceeds from these complexes will be used to
generated by these sales must legally be reinvested
                                                      repay debt.
in other properties.

We have already approved for sale eight lots of
surplus land from roading projects and three
pensioner housing complexes that are no longer
suitable for elderly tenants.
                                                                         Every month
                                                                    160,000
                  Every week 2500 PEOPLE                            LIBRARY
                   VISIT HAMILTON ZOO.                               BOOKS
                                                                       are checked
                                                                      out from the
                                                                    city’s libraries.

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COUNCIL’S ROLE IN A                                                                              The Council works in partnership
                                                                                                 with developers and other agencies
    GROWING CITY                                                                                 to grow the city.
                                                                                                 Developers provide local infrastructure (pipes, roads and
                                                                                                 parks) within their developments.

                                                                                                 The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is a major
                                                                                                 funder of transport infrastructure in the city. NZTA funds
                                                                                                 State Highways and contributes to local roads.

                                                                                                 Council makes sure this infrastructure is of good quality
                                                                                                 and fits with the city’s existing plans and networks.

                                                                                                 The larger trunk and arterial infrastructure that services
                                                                                                 a number of developments is often provided by the
                                                                                                 Council and the costs shared with developers who pay
                                                                                                 development contributions.

                                                                                                 The Council is currently consulting on proposed changes
                                                                                                 to its Development Contributions Policy. For more
                                                                                                 information see www.hamilton.co.nz
                                       Wastewater
                                       Treatment Plant

                                                                     ROTOTUNA                                   Rototuna
              Te Rapa                                                                                           Reservoir
            Bypass in                   Strategic wastewater
          conjunction                   pipe upgrade –
           with NZTA                    Moreland Ave

                                                                                                                             Waikato
                                                                                                                             Expressway -
                                                                                                                             Hamilton bypass
                               ROTOKAURI                                                                                     (NZTA project)

                                                                 Hamilton Ring Road
                                                                 Wairere 4-laning

                                                                                       Hamilton Ring
                                                                                      Road Crosby Rd
                                                                                       to Cobham Dr

                 Waiwhakareke Natural
                 Heritage Park development

                                                                                Including alternative transport needs.

                                                                                              Fantasy Gardens
                                                                                              development

                                                                                                                            Water treatment
                                                                                                                            plant upgrades

                                                                                                        PEACOCKE

                                  Existing Road
                                  Future Planned Road
                                  Future roads to be completed
                                  within 10 years

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Growth
Hamilton is a growing city, but it’s not growing as
fast as it was. Five years ago the city was booming
and economic projections estimated the number
of houses would increase from 50,500 to 60,500
by 2022. With the global financial recession, that
increase is half that or now down to 55,500 by
2022. We have taken this into account by adjusting
the amount budgeted to be spent on and received
from growth.

However, we still need to spend money over
the next three years finishing the infrastructure
projects we’ve already started and are contracted
to do.

These include working with NZTA on the Te Rapa
section of the Waikato Expressway, Hamilton
Ring Road in the east and water, wastewater and
stormwater infrastructure in Rototuna.

Managing the demands for growth, balancing
the opportunities for future ratepayers against
affordable rates and debt levels for current
ratepayers is an enormous challenge for the city.         ON THE FOLLOWING PAGES IS
When we take into account our lower expectations      MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR
for growth in Hamilton, the Council believes this
plan is sustainable and realistic.
                                                      PLANS FOR SERVICE CUTS AND FEE
Overall we have cut the amount of money we have
                                                        INCREASES. TAKE A LOOK AND
put aside for growth-related projects. This means        HAVE YOUR SAY. THIS IS YOUR
it will take longer to complete some things than
we had previously planned. To partly deal with this
                                                         CITY AND WE WANT TO GET IT
issue, Council has made provision of $32 million                      RIGHT FOR YOU.
between 2017 and 2022 to partner with developers
in growing the city.

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                                        HOW YOUR
                                        RATES ARE
                                        SPENT
                                        The Council divides its business
                                        into 12 service groups. Each        4%                                  $36
                                        service group is funded by a
                                        combination of rates, user
                                                                            Community Services
                                        charges, loans and subsidies.
                                                                            Emergency management, community
                                        The percentage of rates spent
                                                                            development, housing, cemeteries and
                                        on each group and facilities is     crematorium
                                        shown on this page.

                                        THESE FIGURES
                                                                            4%                                  $38
                                        ARE FOR EVERY
                                        $1000 OF RATES                      Democracy
                                                                            Governance (Mayor and Councillors), civic
                                        YOU PAY                             functions, consultation, council meetings,
                                                                            partnership with Maaori

       How Council's service groups are funded

                                        0   20   40   60   80   100     %   12%                              $116
                         Democracy

                                                                            Parks and Open Spaces
            Solid Waste Management

              Parks and Open Spaces
                                                                            Hamilton Gardens (2%), Amenity parks,
                        Stormwater
                                                                            natural areas and streetscapes (10%)
       City Planning and Development

                 Arts and Recreation

                        Wastewater

                      Transportation                                        21%                              $213
                      City Prosperity

                 Community Services                                         Arts and Recreation
                       Water Supply
                                                                            Libraries (6%), pools (4%), Waikato
                          City Safety                                       Museum (4%), Hamilton Zoo (2%),
                  ■ Rates ■ Other (User charges, loans and subsidies)
                                                                            theatres (2%), sports parks (3%), arts
                                                                            promotion (0.2%), indoor recreation
                                                                            (0.1%)

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13%                            $133      10%                               $99

City Prosperity                          Water Supply
Economic development (2%), strategic     Treatment, storage, distribution, demand
property investment (-2%), Claudelands   management
(8%), Waikato Stadium and Seddon Park
(5%)

                                                                    8%                                 $83

                                                                    Wastewater
                                                                    Wastewater collection, treatment and
                                                                    disposal

                                                                    6%                                 $65

                                                                    Stormwater
                                                                    Stormwater network, catchment
                                                                    management

                                                                    12%                             $124

                                                                    Transportation
                                                                    Transport network, travel demand
                                                                    management, parking management

                                                                    5%                                 $45

                                                                    Solid Waste
                                                                    Management
                                                                    Rubbish and recycling collection, waste
                                                                    minimisation, landfill site management

4%                               $40     1%                                  $8

City Planning and                        City Safety
Development                              Animal education and control, building
                                         control, environmental health and public
Planning guidance and compliance, city
                                         safety
planning

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COUNCIL
SERVICES               THIS PART OF THE                                          Each section includes a
                                                                                 panel called LIVING WITHIN
                         DRAFT 10-YEAR                                           OUR MEANS, which outlines
                       PLAN COVERS ALL                                           what SERVICES WE PROPOSE
                     COUNCIL SERVICES.                                           TO CUT and what FEES TO
                                                                                 INCREASE to meet our core
                          HERE YOU CAN                                           aims of returning to surplus
                            READ ABOUT                                           and getting debt under control.
                                                                                 Changes are from the 2011/12
                       WHAT WE’VE GOT
                                                                                 budget. These savings in today’s
                      PLANNED FOR THE                                            dollars will be achieved by 2015
                         NEXT 10 YEARS.                                          and every year after that.

                                                                                 We also show you some of
                                                                                 the KEY PROJECTS planned
                                       • More detailed information on            for the next decade, outline
                                         Council projects can be found at
                                                                                 WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
                                         the end of this document.
                                                                                 FROM US when we deliver
                                       • More detailed financial and
                                         policy information is available in      these services and the
                                         Volume 2 of the 10-Year Plan,
                                                                                 measures we will use to report
                                         see www.hamilton.co.nz
                                                                                 back on our performance.
                                       • Details of user charges for Council
                                         services and facilities are available
                                         on the Council’s website.
                                                                                 We encourage you to have your
                                                                                 say on the proposals by going
                                                                                 to www.hamilton.co.nz
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ARTS AND RECREATION: Libraries, pools,
Hamilton Zoo, Waikato Museum, theatres,
sports parks, arts promotion, indoor recreation   24

CITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT:
Planning guidance and compliance, city planning   31

CITY PROSPERITY: Economic development,
strategic property investment, Claudelands, Waikato
Stadium, Seddon Park                              35

CITY SAFETY: Animal control, building control,
environmental health and public safety            40

COMMUNITY SERVICES: Emergency
management, community development,
housing, cemeteries, crematorium                  44

DEMOCRACY: Governance, civic functions,
partnership with Maaori                           51

PARKS AND OPEN SPACES: Amenity parks,
Hamilton Gardens, natural areas, streetscapes     55

SOLID WASTE: Rubbish and recycling collection,
waste minimisation, landfill site management      59

STORMWATER: Stormwater network,
catchment management                              63

TRANSPORTATION: Transport network, travel
demand management, parking management             67

WASTEWATER: Wastewater collection,
treatment and disposal                            74

WATER SUPPLY: Treatment, storage,
distribution, demand management                   78

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   Time out...
   ARTS AND
   RECREATION
                          WHAT WE DO:                                    ARTS PROMOTION: We provide seed funding for
                                                                         public art, administer the contestable performing
                          • ARTS PROMOTION
                                                                         arts fund and liaise with arts groups to build a
                          • HAMILTON ZOO                                 vibrant arts scene.
                          • INDOOR RECREATION
                                                                         HAMILTON ZOO: The zoo is home to 600 exotic and
                          • LIBRARIES                                    native New Zealand animals spread over 21 hectares.
                          • SPORTS PARKS
                                                                         The zoo attracts about 120,000 visitors annually and
                          • SWIMMING FACILITIES
                                                                         offers education programmes for schools, participates
                          • THEATRES                                     in international breeding programmes for endangered
                          • WAIKATO MUSEUM                               species and breeds native animals for introduction
                                                                         to the wild. www.hamiltonzoo.co.nz

                          THE COUNCIL PROVIDES A                         INDOOR RECREATION: The Council owns two
                                                                         indoor recreation centres, the YMCA and the Te
                          WIDE ARRAY OF ARTISTIC                         Rapa Sportsdrome.
                          AND RECREATIONAL                               LIBRARIES: Hamilton has a network of six public
                          ENDEAVOURS THAT                                libraries providing resources and information
                                                                         services. They are also welcoming places for groups
                          CONTRIBUTE TO MAKING                           and individuals to meet and spend time.
                          HAMILTON A DESIRABLE                           www.hamiltonlibraries.co.nz

                          PLACE TO LIVE.

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DID YOU KNOW?
                                          % of your RATES goes towards      Hamilton Zoo is home to the LARGEST
                                                                            WALK-THROUGH AVIARY IN
                                              ARTS AND RECREATION.
                                                                            NEW ZEALAND.

                             Our museum has more than
                                                                           Around 30,000 CHILDREN
                             60,000 TAONGA/                                PARTICIPATE in Learn to Swim
                             OBJECTS in its collection.                    Programmes at Waterworld and
                                                                           Gallagher Aquatic Centre
                                                                           each year.

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SPORTS PARKS: Spread across Hamilton are 442
hectares of sports parks and facilities for formal
                                                          Our plans
and informal use. The city has several parks which        To see if our arts and recreati
                                                                                 recreation
                                                                                          on facilities are
act as headquarters for senior codes and others for       properly meeting the needs of the community, we
junior sport.                                             will be doing strategic reviews of the city’s:

SWIMMING FACILITIES: The Council operates two             • sports facilities (including indoor recreation
swimming complexes offering safe facilities for the           facilities and sports parks)
community and a range of health and swimming
                                                          • libraries
programmes. www.hamiltonpools.co.nz
                                                          • theatres
THEATRES: There are three Council-run theatres            • swimming pools
in Hamilton: Founders Theatre, Clarence St Theatre
                                                          These reviews will map out the city’s long-term
and The Meteor. The theatres offer space for live
                                                          needs and make sure its arts and recreation
entertainment, conferences, seminars and social
                                                          facilities meet the standards of a modern city.
functions. www.hamiltontheatres.co.nz
                                                          Issues such as whether there are enough facilities
                                                          and whether they are in the right place will also be
WAIKATO MUSEUM: The Waikato Museum cares
                                                          looked at.
for the city’s cultural and artistic treasures. Regular
exhibitions and activities share the knowledge,           The Council must also ensure the high standards
creativity and history of those treasures.                at facilities are maintained despite challenging
www.waikatomuseum.co.nz                                   financial constraints.

                There are over
                                                            HAMILTON’S
                1 MILLION VISITS                            PUBLIC ART
                to our libraries each year.
                                                            ASSETS
                                                            are worth

  Our sports fields cater for
  24 DIFFERENT                                              $3.6
  SPORTING CODES.                                           MILLION.

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                          LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS
                          The Council has been spending more than it earns and needs to reduce its debt levels. Arts and
                          recreation facilities add to the city’s vibrancy but everything the Council is involved in has been the
                          subject of an extensive financial review. In the table below you will find details of planned increases to
                          user charges, cuts to opening hours and other service reductions for arts and recreation facilities and
                          activities that will result in substantial savings for the city.

                          You will also see that we are not planning to carry out any significant arts or recreation projects
                          over the next 10 years. To keep our debt and spending under control, the Council has decided not to
                          fund a new library and pool for Rototuna, a new indoor recreation centre or a feasibility study for a
                          contemporary arts gallery in this 10-year period.
                                                                                                           FINANCIAL IMPACT PER YEAR

                                                                                                         ADDITIONAL            COST
                          PROPOSED CHANGES                                                               REVENUE $        SAVINGS $

                          ARTS PROMOTION
                          Stop the annual rates contribution to the Public Art Fund (this change is only for the
                          first three years and the rates contribution will be reinstated in Year 4 (2015/16)).                  52,450

                          HAMILTON ZOO
                          Increase zoo admission fees, currently lower than all comparable
                          wildlife attractions.                                                              165,000

                          INDOOR RECREATION
                          Discontinue funding to YMCA.                                                                           90,000

                          LIBRARIES
                          Reduce the book collections budget from $1.45m to $1.2m each year.                                    250,000

                          Increase the charges for overdue books and book reservations.                      205,000

                          Disestablish the role of Kaiwhakahaere Nga Ratonga Maaori
                          (Maaori Services Leader).                                                                              60,000

                          Reduce library opening hours by a total of 16 hours per week.                                          98,000

                          SPORTS PARKS
                          Reduce mowing and maintenance.                                                                        210,000

                          SWIMMING FACILITIES
                          Develop a contract with Work and Income to train and employ people on
                          the unemployment benefit as pool lifeguards, learn to swim teachers, etc.           40,000

                          Increase fees and charges to pools, learn to swim classes and the
                          gym by 10%.                                                                        268,000

                          Reduce the operating hours for Council owned and operated pool
                          facilities during winter.                                                                              90,000

                          Savings from the closure of the Municipal Pool.                                                       110,000

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WAIKATO MUSEUM
Stop the annual rates contribution to the Museum Collection Reserve (this change is only
for the first three years and the rates contribution will be reinstated in Year 4 (2015/16)).                                                                                                             33,000

Reduce the frequency of exhibitions held at the museum.                                                                                                                                                  114,000

                                                                                                                                                                       WHAT WE’RE            HOW IT’S
KEY FUNDED PROJECTS                                                                                                                                                    SPENDING              FUNDED

                                                                                                                                                                       $100,000 per year
  Contestable Performing Arts Fund.                                                                                                                                    for 10 years          Rates

                                                                                                                                                                       $1.2m per year
  Looking after the libraries’ collection.                                                                                                                             for 10 years          Rates

                                                                                                                                                                                             Loans funded by
  Air-conditioning for Te Rapa Sportsdrome.                                                                                                                            $550,000 in 2012/13   rates

                                                                                                                                                                                             Loans funded by
  A new enclosure for the Siamang gibbons at the Zoo.                                                                                                                  $405,800 in 2014/15   rates

Arts and recreation costs                                                                                                                                                   How it’s paid for
$M
 80
                                                                                                                                                                             User                Loans 1%
70
 60
                                                                                                                                                                             Charges 20%
50
40
30
20
10
 0
       2006/07
                 2007/08
                           2008/09
                                     2009/10
                                               2010/11
                                                         2011/12
                                                                   2012/13
                                                                             2013/14
                                                                                       2014/15
                                                                                                 2015/16
                                                                                                           2016/17
                                                                                                                     2017/18
                                                                                                                               2018/19
                                                                                                                                         2019/20
                                                                                                                                                   2020/21
                                                                                                                                                             2021/22

                                                                                                                                                                                             Rates 79%
      CAPITAL SPENDING ■ History ■ Current ■ Projected
      OPERATIONAL SPENDING ■ History ■ Current ■ Projected

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WHAT YOU CAN                                                         You can expect...
EXPECT FROM US                                                       quality experiences
                                                                     for residents who
                                                                     use Council’s arts
                       We’re involved in                             and recreation
                       arts and recreation                           facilities
                       to support a fun
                                                                     MEASURE
                       and creative city                             The percentage of Residents Survey
                       with quality artistic                         respondents who provide a rating, satisfied
                                                                     with the Council’s arts and recreation facilities.
                       and recreational                              LATEST RESULTS AND TARGETS
                       experiences.

                                                                                              Latest Results

                                                                                                                                                 (at least, each year)
                                                                                                               (average over the

                                                                                                                                   the next 10
                                                                                                                                   Targets for
                                                                                                               last 5 years)

                                                                                                                                   years
                          OUR SMART CITY VISION
                                                                      Hamilton Zoo            92.6%                                   90%
                          ARTS AND RECREATION
                          CONTRIBUTES TO THIS                         Libraries:
                          OUTCOME AND GOAL:                           • Garden Place          90.7%                                   85%
                                                                      • Suburban               87%                                    84%
                          PEOPLE LOVE LIVING HERE
                          • Our city is a fun place to live with a    Swimming
                            vibrant Arts scene.                       facilities:
                                                                      • Waterworld            78.3%                                   75%
                                                                      • Gallagher             79.4%                                   75%

                                                                      Theatres:
                                                                      • Founders              77.4%                                   75%
                                                                      • Clarence St           68.4%                                   65%
                                                                      • The Meteor            65.4%                                   60%

                                                                      Waikato Museum          81.3%                                   80%

                                                                      Outdoor sports
                                                                      areas                       69%                                 65%

                                                                     WHAT THIS TELLS US
                                                                     The Council’s Residents Survey provides
                                                                     an indication of the overall satisfaction of
                                                                     residents who use these facilities. We are
                                                                     aiming to maintain satisfaction at or close to
                                                                     current levels.

                                                                     MEASURE
                                                                     The number of visits to the Zoo, libraries,
                                                                     swimming facilities and the Museum each
                                                                     year.

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LATEST RESULTS AND TARGETS                                                                           TARGETS FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS
                                                                                                     Number of events and activities: At least 350

                          Latest Results

                                                                             (at least, each year)
                                                                                                     each year.

                                           (average over the

                                                               the next 10
                                                               Targets for
                                                                                                     Number of attendees: At least 10,000 each

                                           last 5 years)
                                                                                                     year.

                                                               years
                                                                                                     WHAT THIS TELLS US
 Hamilton Zoo            123,240                                120,000                              The libraries provide and host a wide range
                                                                                                     of events and activities from playgroups
 Libraries             1,170,922                               1 million                             and author evenings to book readings and
                                                                                                     creative writing workshops. Some of the events
 Swimming                580,338                                580,000                              organised by the libraries are also provided at
                        (average over
 Facilities              last 3 years)                                                               other venues around the city.

 Waikato Museum          123,890                                118,000
                                                                                                     MEASURE
WHAT THIS TELLS US                                                                                   The number of people participating in
                                                                                                     education programmes at the Zoo, swimming
Visitor numbers are influenced by other
                                                                                                     facilities and Waikato Museum.
factors such as economic conditions, but
they are still a helpful indicator of the quality                                                    LATEST RESULTS AND TARGETS
of our facilities.

                                                                                                                                 Latest Results
The Council is not planning any big projects

                                                                                                                                                                              (at least, each year)
                                                                                                                                                                the next 10
for these facilities over the next 10 years

                                                                                                                                                                Targets for
and in some cases is cutting back spending.
                                                                                                                                                  (2010/11)

                                                                                                                                                                years
We are therefore aiming to maintain visitor
numbers at or close to current levels.
We haven’t included theatres or sports areas
                                                                                                      Hamilton Zoo            6,182                               8,000
in this measure, as the Council provides
the facilities but has less control over the                                                          Swimming
number of people attending shows or                                                                   facilities              30,000                             30,000
functions, or using the fields.
                                                                                                      Waikato Museum          8,000                               8,000

                                                                                                     WHAT THIS TELLS US
You can expect...                                                                                    The Zoo, swimming facilities and the Museum

facilities that                                                                                      provide education programmes for school
                                                                                                     students and the wider community. The target

support a range                                                                                      of 8,000 participants at the Zoo reflects the
                                                                                                     Zoo’s contract with the Ministry of Education.
of activities
                                                                                                     MEASURE
and learning                                                                                         The number of activities held at the theatres
opportunities                                                                                        each year.

                                                                                                     LATEST RESULT
MEASURE
                                                                                                     152 activities (2010/11).
The number of events and activities run by
or hosted at the libraries, and the number of                                                        TARGET FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS
attendees.
                                                                                                     At least 150 activities each year.
LATEST RESULT
                                                                                                     WHAT THIS TELLS US
This is a new measure.
                                                                                                     We are aiming to maintain the current
                                                                                                     number of activities held at the theatres each
                                                                                                     year. Activities include shows, conferences,
                                                                                                     seminars and social functions.
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                          You can expect...                                 MEASURE

                          widely accessible
                                                                            Zoo and pool entry charges as a percentage
                                                                            of the average charges for other similar New

                          facilities                                        Zealand facilities.

                                                                            LATEST RESULTS 2010/11
                          MEASURE                                           Hamilton Zoo
                          The percentage of Residents Survey                Child: 78% of the average entry charge.
                          respondents who provide a rating, satisfied       Adult: 96% of the average entry charge.
                          with library opening hours.                       Swimming facilities
                                                                            Child: 98% of the average entry charge.
                          LATEST RESULT                                     Adult: 81% of the average entry charge.
                          This is a new measure.
                                                                            TARGET FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS
                          TARGET FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS                      Child and adult entry charges to be within 20%
                          At least 75% each year.                           of the average of other similar New Zealand
                                                                            zoos and swimming facilities.
                          WHAT THIS TELLS US
                                                                            WHAT THIS TELLS US
                          We are proposing to reduce library opening
                          hours by 16 hours per week in total across all    Entry prices are set at a level that sustains
                          libraries. We will monitor this change to make    patronage and does not compromise the
                          sure a good proportion of library customers       quality of the experience provided. Keeping
                          are still happy with the opening hours.           the fees within 20% of the average of other
                                                                            similar facilities in New Zealand ensures that
                                                                            entry prices are reasonable and competitive.
                          MEASURE
                                                                            Hamilton Zoo benchmarks against Auckland,
                          The number of closures of sports grounds for      Franklin and Wellington Zoos, Orana Wildlife
                          club sport during a season.                       Park and Otorohanga Kiwi House.

                          LATEST RESULT                                     Council’s swimming facilities are benchmarked
                                                                            against like sized facilities - Westwave Aquatic
                          This is a new measure.                            Centre, Moana, Splash Palace and Wellington
                                                                            Regional Aquatic Centre.
                          TARGET FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS
                          No more than six closures per sports ground
                          during each six month season.

                          WHAT THIS TELLS US
                          This is a measure of whether our sports
                          grounds are generally accessible for sports
                          clubs.
                               s. Sports ground closures are usually when
                          theree has been a lot of rain and the grounds
                          will be damaged if they are played on.

                                                           NE
                                                        T O
                                                      MI
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                                                    AD
2012-22 DRAFT 10-YEAR PLAN

   Looking good...
   CITY PLANNING
   AND DEVELOPMENT
   WHAT WE DO:
   • CITY PLANNING
   • PLANNING GUIDANCE AND COMPLIANCE

   GOOD CITY PLANNING
   SUPPORTS GROWTH AND
   DEVELOPMENT AND ALSO
   PROTECTS HAMILTON’S
   NATURAL AND BUILT                                          Our plans
   ENVIRONMENTS AND                                           The Council has been working on a review of its
   RESIDENTS’ QUALITY OF LIFE.                                District Plan which is expected to be open for
                                                              public submissions towards the end of this year.
   After consulting with the community, the Council
   prepares the District Plan and other policies that guide   The District Plan review is an important project
   sustainable development and land use in the city.          because it is a blueprint for future development
                                                              in the city. The challenge we face is to ensure the
   We provide planning advice and process                     plan incorporates your views on what you want for
   applications for land use and subdivision and work         the city, while ensuring that new development is
   with developers to ensure the city is well-designed,       well integrated with the existing city and results in
   safe and successful.                                       quality environments. The District Plan must cater
   Our work also includes monitoring and investigating        for the city’s increasing and diverse population
   compliance with resource consent conditions, the           needs and meet future economic requirements.
   Prostitution Bylaw and the Gambling Venues Policy.

                          4     % OF YOUR RATES goes
DID YOU KNOW?                                                                        263 RESOURCE CONSENTS
                                      towards CITY PLANNING                          AND 78 SUBDIVISION
                                      AND DEVELOPMENT.                               CONSENTS were processed in 2011.

                                                                                     HAMILTON’S LAND AREA
                                                                                     IS 11,080 HECTARES.

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H A M I LT O N C I T Y C O U N C I L

                          LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS
                          As part of our extensive review of Council services, a number of increases to fees and user charges are
                          proposed. The Council believes these increases are needed to help the city become more financiallyy
                          sustainable. As a result we are proposing to increase planning fees.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FINANCIAL IMPACT PER YEAR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ADDITIONAL            COST
                          PROPOSED CHANGES                                                                                                                                                                          REVENUE $        SAVINGS $

                          Planning fees to increase by 25% in 2012/13.                                                                                                                                                   85,000

                          City planning and                                                                                                                                                         How it’s paid for
                          development costs
                          $M                                                                                                                                                                        User
                           80
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Charges 19%
                           70
                           60
                           50
                           40
                           30
                           20
                           10
                            0
                                 2006/07
                                           2007/08
                                                     2008/09
                                                               2009/10
                                                                         2010/11
                                                                                   2011/12
                                                                                             2012/13
                                                                                                       2013/14
                                                                                                                 2014/15
                                                                                                                           2015/16
                                                                                                                                     2016/17
                                                                                                                                               2017/18
                                                                                                                                                         2018/19
                                                                                                                                                                   2019/20
                                                                                                                                                                             2020/21
                                                                                                                                                                                       2021/22

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rates 81%

                                CAPITAL SPENDING ■ History ■ Current ■ Projected
                                OPERATIONAL SPENDING ■ History ■ Current ■ Projected

                          HAMILTON HAS HAD 12
                          BOUNDARY CHANGES
                          since it became a city in 1945.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 There are
                                                                                                                                                                                                             395         PROTECTED
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         TREES
                                                                                                                                                                                                             and 127 HISTORIC ITEMS
                                                                                                                                                                                                             listed in the District Plan.

                                       HAMILTON’S POPULATION
                                       GREW BY ABOUT 2200
                                       in the 12 months to June 2011.

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WHAT YOU                                       You can expect...
CAN EXPECT                                     applications to be
                                               processed within
FROM US                                        agreed timeframes
We’re in the city                              MEASURE
                                               The percentage of land use and subdivision
planning business to                           consent applications processed within
                                               agreed timeframes.
protect Hamilton’s
                                               LATEST RESULT
unique environment                             94% (2010/11).
and residents’ quality                         TARGET FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS
of life as the city                            100% each year.

grows and develops.                            WHAT THIS TELLS US
                                               The Council has legal timeframes that
                                               applications must be processed within. We
                                               monitor these timeframes to make sure we
                                               are meeting and, where possible, exceeding
 OUR SMART CITY VISION                         our obligations.

 CITY PLANNING AND
 DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTES
 TO THESE OUTCOMES AND
 GOALS:
 PROSPEROUS AND INNOVATIVE
 • Our city grows and prospers in a
    sustainable way.

 • It’s easy to do business here.

 PEOPLE LOVE LIVING HERE
 • Our city is attractive, well-designed and
   compact with outstanding architecture and
   distinctive public spaces.

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                          You can expect...                                                    You can expect...
                          regular monitoring                                                   a District Plan that
                          of land use consent                                                  will ensure quality
                          conditions                                                           development
                          MEASURE                                                              MEASURE
                          The percentage of land use consents                                  The percentage of survey respondents who
                          monitored.                                                           provide a rating agreeing they have pride in
                                                                                               the city’s look and feel.
                          LATEST RESULT AND TARGETS
                                                                                               LATEST RESULT AND TARGETS
                              %
                            100                                                                  %

                                    100%                                                        80
                                     95%
                                    90%
                                   85%

                             80                                                                 70
                                  80%

                                                                                                       70%
                                                                                                      65%
                                                                                                60

                                                                                                     62%
                                                                                                     60%
                                                                                                     60%
                             60
                                                                                                50

                             40                                                                 40

                                                                                                30
                                                                                  By year 10
                                                                                   2021/22
                                   2010/11

                                                   2012/13

                                                              2013/14

                                                                        2014/15

                             20

                                                                                                                                                  By year 10
                                                                                                20

                                                                                                                                                   2021/22
                                                                                                      2010/11

                                                                                                                   2012/13

                                                                                                                              2013/14

                                                                                                                                        2014/15
                                                                                                10
                              0
                                       Latest result         Targets                             0
                                                                                                       Latest result         Targets
                          MEASURE
                          The percentage of resource consents                                  WHAT THIS TELLS US
                          monitored that are meeting their conditions.
                                                                                               Residents’ perception about the look and feel
                          LATEST RESULT                                                        of the city is impacted in part by the quality of
                                                                                               the built environment. A new District Plan is
                          79% (2010/11).                                                       being prepared for the city which will require
                                                                                               new development to be well designed.
                          TARGET FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS
                          80% each year.

                          WHAT THIS TELLS US
                          A resource consent may have conditions that
                          control the way an activity is carried out.
                          These conditions are designed to maintain
                          and protect the city’s environment. The
                          Council monitors these conditions to make
                          sure they are being carried out.

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   Cashing in...
   CITY PROSPERITY
   WHAT WE DO:                                              Fund – and administers 127 leases across a broad
                                                            range of Council-owned properties. Both funds are
   • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
                                                            required by law to be invested in property, in order
   • STRATEGIC PROPERTY                                     to maximise the financial return for the city.
     INVESTMENT
                                                            The Domain Endowment Fund proceeds are used
   • CLAUDELANDS
                                                            to buy land for reserves and for the creation,
   • WAIKATO STADIUM AND                                    improvement and development of reserves and
     SEDDON PARK                                            parks within the city.

                                                            The Municipal Endowment Fund is invested in
   THE COUNCIL IS A KEY                                     commercial properties and income from it is used
   CONTRIBUTOR TO                                           to offset rates.

   ENHANCING HAMILTON’S                                     Other properties include Council-owned and
                                                            occupied buildings and Council-owned and leased
   ECONOMY. WE SUPPORT                                      commercial buildings.
   AND FOSTER INVESTMENT
                                                            CLAUDELANDS
   IN THE CITY.                                             Claudelands is a versatile complex that caters for a
                                                            variety of events and functions. It includes a multi-
   ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
                                                            purpose indoor arena for up to 5000 spectators,
   We work with external agencies to develop and
                                                            conference facilities for up to 1200 delegates and
   improve the local economy. This includes funding
                                                            exhibition and show facilities.
   for the regional tourism organisation, economic
   development agency funding, event sponsorship,           WAIKATO STADIUM AND SEDDON PARK
   support for the central city business improvement
                                                            Waikato Stadium is one of New Zealand’s premier
   agency and central city initiatives like activities in
                                                            venues for international and national sports, live
   Garden Place.
                                                            performances and functions. It hosts a range of

   STRATEGIC PROPERTY INVESTMENT                            events including international rugby and concerts.

   This activity manages two funds – the Domain
   Endowment Fund and the Municipal Endowment

DID YOU KNOW?
                          13           % OF YOUR RATES goes
                                        towards CITY PROSPERITY.
                                                                                     The Council’s INVESTMENT
                                                                                     PROPERTIES have had
                                                                                     a GROSS RETURN
                                                                                     PER ANNUM of over        10    %.
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                       The stadium also has a number of lounges
                                                           nge
                                                            ges that
                                                                th
                                                                 hat
                                                                  at are
                                                                     arre
                       used for a variety of functions.

                       Seddon Park is an international standard
                                                              d cricket
                                                                crrickeet
                       facility. Although the venue is predominantly
                                                                ntly
                                                                  ly used
                                                                     ussed
                                                                         d
                       for cricket, it has also been used for other sportss
                       and entertainment events. The pavilion has two
                       lounges suitable for functions.

                       Our plans                                              Changes to CBD rates
                       The city’s economic development strategy will          Over the last six months we have been talking
                       be reviewed in 2012/13 in consultation with key        with the community about Hamilton’s rating
                       stakeholders. We will be considering options to        system. To further encourage development
                       deliver the best value for money from the Council’s    and vitality in the CBD, we are proposing two
                       investment in economic development.                    changes to rating for the CBD’s commercial
                                                                              properties:
                       The outcome of the review will determine how the
                       budget will be allocated. We are also considering      • Extend the Business Improvement
                       whether to sell some of our assets to offset               District area to include more commercial
                       against debt. In the current constrained financial        properties which pay a targeted rate.
                       environment the Council must be vigilant to
                       ensure it is making the most of its investments and    • CBD ratepayers to pay 5% less commercial

                       maximising income from its event facilities. These        rates than other commercial ratepayers in

                       facilities are subject to extra governance oversight      the city.

                       to achieve revenue targets.                            Any changes agreed following the consultation

                       Funding the Council provides towards growing           phase of this document will be effective from

                       our local economy must be properly targeted to         July 1 this year.

                       achieve the greatest return.

                         Hamilton’s manufacturing sector employs                        In 2011 CLAUDELANDS
                         MORE THAN 9000 PEOPLE                                          HOSTED 23 CONFERENCES
                                                                                        at its new facilities.
                         and makes up around 10% of the city’s GDP.

                                                                              The four Waikato Stadium light
                         SEDDON PARK was originally                           towers are 50m high and have
                         named after former New Zealand
                         Prime Minister Richard John Seddon.                  250 BULBS PER HEAD.
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LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS
There are no proposed reductions to services associated with the city’s event facilities. The focus will be
on increasing revenue. However, there will be cuts to the amount budgeted for economic development
and event sponsorship. As previously indicated, the Council is to consider selling some properties but no
decision has been made and their potential sale value is not included in the draft 10-Year Plan.

                                                                                                                                                                                        FINANCIAL IMPACT PER YEAR

                                                                                                                                                                                       ADDITIONAL             COST
PROPOSED CHANGES                                                                                                                                                                       REVENUE $         SAVINGS $

Reduce economic development and event
sponsorship funding.                                                                                                                                                                                         2.1m

Increase the Garden Place activation budget to
encourage more activity in the CBD.                                                                                                                                                                       -105,000

                                                                                                                                                                       WHAT WE’RE             HOW IT’S
KEY FUNDED PROJECTS                                                                                                                                                    SPENDING               FUNDED

  Looking after our existing event facilities assets.                                                                                                                  $3.3m over 10 years    Rates

  Seddon Park player and officials changing room                                                                                                                                                Loans funded by
  upgrade.                                                                                                                                                             $270,400 in 2013/14    rates

City prosperity costs                                                                                                                                                    How it’s paid for
$M
 80
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
                                                                                                                                                                         User
 0
                                                                                                                                                                         Charges 35%
       2006/07
                 2007/08
                           2008/09
                                     2009/10
                                               2010/11
                                                         2011/12
                                                                   2012/13
                                                                             2013/14
                                                                                       2014/15
                                                                                                 2015/16
                                                                                                           2016/17
                                                                                                                     2017/18
                                                                                                                               2018/19
                                                                                                                                         2019/20
                                                                                                                                                   2020/21
                                                                                                                                                             2021/22

                                                                                                                                                                                              Rates 65%
      CAPITAL SPENDING ■ History ■ Current ■ Projected
      OPERATIONAL SPENDING ■ History ■ Current ■ Projected

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                       WHAT YOU                                    You can expect...
                       CAN EXPECT                                  an economic return
                                                                   to the city from
                       FROM US                                     events hosted at
                                                                   Council’s event
                       We invest in the city’s                     facilities
                       prosperity to support                       MEASURE
                       a strong, productive                        The percentage of people attending ticketed
                                                                   events who are from outside the city.
                       and sustainable local                       LATEST RESULT
                       economy.                                    50% (2010/11). Estimate based on available
                                                                   historical ticket sales data.

                                                                   TARGET FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS
                                                                   60% each year.
                          OUR SMART CITY VISION
                          CITY PROSPERITY CONTRIBUTES              MEASURE
                          TO THESE OUTCOMES AND                    The number of national and international
                          GOALS:                                   events held at Claudelands, Waikato Stadium
                                                                   and Seddon Park.
                          PROSPEROUS AND INNOVATIVE
                                                                   LATEST RESULT
                          • Hamilton has a strong, productive
                            economy and we build on our economic   83 (2010/11).
                            strengths.
                                                                   TARGET FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS
                          • We have a thriving CBD.
                                                                   130 each year.
                          • It’s easy to do business here.
                                                                   WHAT THIS TELLS US
                                                                   Visitors to events from outside Hamilton bring
                                                                   an economic benefit to the city. Many stay
                                                                   in the city and buy other services while they
                                                                   are here, providing a flow-on of business. The
                                                                   increase reflected in these targets is primarily
                                                                   focused on generating new business at
                                                                   Claudelands.

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You can expect...                                                     You can expect...
the funding for                                                       a financial return
Claudelands from                                                      from the Council’s
rates to reduce                                                       commercial
over time                                                             property
MEASURE
                                                                      investments
The net revenue received from users of                                MEASURE
Claudelands.
                                                                      The financial return on the Council’s
LATEST RESULT AND TARGETS                                             commercial property investments.
$3,000,000
                   $1.8m

                                                                      LATEST RESULT
                  $2.9m

$2,500,000
                                                                      8% return (2010/11).
             $725,000

                                                                      TARGET FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS
              $2.2m

$2,000,000
               $2m

                                                                      A targeted rate of return of 8% each year.
$1,500,000
                                                                      WHAT THIS TELLS US
$1,000,000                                                            This is a measure of whether we are achieving
                                                                      a good return on our commercial property
                                                         By year 10
                                                          2021/22
             2010/11

                         2012/13

                                   2013/14

                                               2014/15

 $500,000                                                             investments.

        0
               Latest result         Targets
                                                                      MEASURE
                                                                      The percentage of Council’s commercial and
WHAT THIS TELLS US                                                    retail premises that are occupied.
More of the funding for Claudelands will
come from users of the venue. The Council is                          LATEST RESULT
looking to achieve a steady growth in revenue                         98% (2010/11).
over the next 10 years.
                                                                      TARGET FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS
                                                                      At least 90% each year.

                                                                      WHAT THIS TELLS US
                                                                      Keeping properties tenanted is key to ensuring
                                                                      we are achieving good financial returns on our
                                                                      commercial and retail property investments.

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                          Protecting you...
                          CITY SAFETY
                          WHAT WE DO:
                          • ANIMAL EDUCATION AND CONTROL
                          • BUILDING CONTROL
                          • ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY

                          THE COUNCIL PLAYS A
                          LARGE ROLE PROTECTING
                          PUBLIC SAFETY IN A RANGE
                          OF AREAS AIMED TO
                          MAKE HAMILTON A MORE
                          DESIRABLE PLACE TO LIVE.                                Our plans
                          We ensure dogs are registered and controlled.           The Council intends to review all services provided
                                                                                  under the City Safety umbrella to determine how
                          We issue building consents, inspect buildings and
                                                                                  it can be more efficient and effective. The review
                          provide advice to help ensure Hamilton’s buildings
                                                                                  will include examining opportunities to combine
                          are safe and durable.
                                                                                  business activities or find new partners in a bid to
                          We monitor and enforce standards for businesses         be more cost-effective.
                          selling food and liquor, respond to health nuisances,
                          investigate noise complaints, and undertake crime
                          prevention initiatives to make our city safer.

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DID YOU KNOW?
                                      % OF YOUR RATES goes                                      9500
                                                                                    Hamilton has more than
                                            towards CITY SAFETY.
                                                                                    REGISTERED DOGS.

                            THERE ARE ABOUT
                            850 FOOD BUSINESSES
                                              S                                     1506 dogs were
                            IN HAMILTON                                             IMPOUNDED in 2010/11.
                            including sports clubs, dairies, takeaways,
                            restaurants, and supermarkets.

                                                                                    In 2011 we issued 1489
                                                                                    BUILDING CONSENTS,

                                                                                    73
                                          There are 21 CCTV
                                          CAMERAS in the central city.                           % ofresidential.
                                                                                                        which were

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LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS
Fees for a number of Council regulatory functions will go up, in line with other services. In order for
the Council to get its finances in order every area of Council business has been reviewed and proposals
made on how the organisation can save money.

Much of the work undertaken on city safety, such as dog registration and issuing building
consents, is fee-based. By increasing these fees we plan to reduce the cost to ratepayers
by more than $1 million.
                                                                                                                                                                                       FINANCIAL IMPACT PER YEAR

                                                                                                                                                                                   ADDITIONAL             COST
PROPOSALS                                                                                                                                                                          REVENUE $         SAVINGS $

Increase dog registration fees over three years.                                                                                                                                         120,000

Increase building consent fees by 20% in 2012/13.                                                                                                                                        575,000

Introduce a levy for the Council’s Building Consent Authority accreditation.                                                                                                              60,000

Increase LIM report fees.                                                                                                                                                                200,000

Introduce a fee for re-inspections of non-compliant food premises.                                                                                                                        15,000

Introduce consultancy fee for planning services not currently charged for.                                                                                                                15,000

Increase fees for premises registration and auditing of food and other
regulated businesses.                                                                                                                                                                     20,000

Reduce noise control service costs.                                                                                                                                                                      40,000

City safety costs                                                                                                                                                         How it’s paid for
$M
 80                                                                                                                                                                                         Rates 16%
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
 0
       2006/07
                 2007/08
                           2008/09
                                     2009/10
                                               2010/11
                                                         2011/12
                                                                   2012/13
                                                                             2013/14
                                                                                       2014/15
                                                                                                 2015/16
                                                                                                           2016/17
                                                                                                                     2017/18
                                                                                                                               2018/19
                                                                                                                                         2019/20
                                                                                                                                                   2020/21
                                                                                                                                                             2021/22

                                                                                                                                                                                            User
                                                                                                                                                                                            Charges 84%

      CAPITAL SPENDING ■ History ■ Current ■ Projected
      OPERATIONAL SPENDING ■ History ■ Current ■ Projected

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