Community & Environment On the Move

Council meeting wrap-up

Hamilton City Council Municipal Building Civic Square

A safer 60km/h speed limit on Gordonton Rd, and a quicker way to make speed limit changes in Hamilton were agreed by Hamilton City Council at its monthly meeting yesterday (Thursday, 6 September 2018).

The new speed limit will take effect from 10 October, and will be on Gordonton Rd between Wairere Dr roundabout and 260m north of Thomas Rd.

The lower speed limit received strong support through the consultation process on the Hamilton City Speed Bylaw 2018, with 82% in favour of the change. The proposal to have a quicker and more cost-effective way to set speed limits by the Council resolution was supported by 86% of people.

The reduction in speed limit from the current 80km/h will support the traffic lights on the corner of Thomas Rd/Gordonton Rd, being installed from 1 October. A variable 60km/h speed limit has been in place at the intersection since late 2017, triggered when vehicles turn in or out of Thomas Rd.

A range of other safety measures to reduce risk will also be installed in support of the new 60km/h on this stretch of Gordonton Rd, and includes flush medians, street lighting and a northern gateway.

The Council today formally signed up to a partnership agreement for Te Waka – Regional Economic Development Agency – which aims to drive business and economic development in the region.

Te Waka is seen as a strong partnership between local government and business.

The member councils are Hamilton City Council, Waikato Regional Council, Waikato District Council, Waipa District Council, Thames Coromandel District Council, Matamata-Piako District Council, Otorohanga District Council, Waitomo District Council, South Waikato District Council and Taupo District Council,

Te Waka’s Key Performance Indicators will be monitored by the member councils, and it will present its annual report to Hamilton City Council’s Growth and Infrastructure Committee.

The Council also received a report on Deferred Industrial Land following the approval of a Special Housing Area of 51ha in the north of the city.  The Council can consider rezoning Deferred Industrial Land in Te Rapa North under the District Plan. The next steps are for staff to understand and analyse demand and supply of industrial land, and an investigation of infrastructure needs for this area of the city.

Management of the Council’s Te Rapa Sportsdrome will stay with the Council after staff recommended extended discussions with a potential management contractor be concluded as negotiations were not successful. Staff will continue to explore options for the outsourcing of management of the facility.

The Council endorsed a staff recommendation to reappoint five current members of the District Licencing Committee, and an additional member to be appointed.

In his Chair’s report, Mayor Andrew King noted Deputy Mayor Martin Gallagher would lead continued work to display the portrait of former mayors and councillors in the Council Chamber foyer. The portraits go on display when mayors and councillors conclude their service on the Council.

Editor’s note: This summary is provided for information only, and should not be considered formal minutes of the meeting.
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