Growing Hamilton

Council meeting wrap up

Hamilton City Council met today to discuss a range of items outlined in the agenda.

As with all Council and committee meetings, 30 minutes of public forum was set aside giving our community the chance to give their views.

This morning, two members of the public used this opportunity. The first was to voice support for a remit to Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) regarding spray methods and the second to share proposed plans for a renovated office space in London Street in which Council was asked to consider an application for an encroachment licence.

Encroachment licence
Local building business Urban Homes submitted plans to Council to undertake a significant renovation on an office space on London Street. The plans meet all Council resource consent and District Plan requirements, except the proposed cladding and digital billboard would encroach onto road reserve by 300mm (above ground level). Council unanimously approved an encroachment licence to allow the proposed design, citing the benefit to the CBD.

LGNZ annual general meeting
The Council has been invited to submit remits (requests for action) for consideration at the LGNZ annual general meeting on Sunday 7 July 2019. The Council supported a remit for a national review of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (1987) request management.

The Council also voted to support a remit to use environmentally friendly weed control methods. If supported at the annual general meeting these remits will be actioned by LGNZ.

Recommendations
The Council received recommendations from the Finance Committee and the Community Services & Environment Committee which they unanimously supported. The recommendations included the approval of the Play Strategy and Event Sponsorship policy as discussed on 2 April 2019; read more about them in the Our Hamilton story.

West Town Belt Masterplan – Approval for public consultation
The Council approved public consultation of the Draft Hamilton West Town Belt Masterplan. The West Town Belt is a 54-hectare open space located on the city fringe, providing organised sport and informal recreation, cultural and community opportunities. Feedback will be open from 29 April at hamilton.govt.nz/haveyoursay.

Draft resolutions for the meeting will be available online today (18 April).

The next Council meeting is on 21 May 2019, 9.30am. All Council meetings are open to the public, can be live streamed at www.hamilton.govt.nz or viewed at Youtube.com/HamiltonCityCouncil.

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