The Chair’s report was received along with a request for staff to work with Elected Members on the development of a Council submission to the Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities Bill, which is set to establish a new housing and urban development authority (Crown entity). The Council submission to the Bill will be finalised before the 11 July 2019 submission closing date. A request was also made for Elected Members and Maangai Maaori to be given earlier input into significant development proposals, like the recent consent process for the Union Square Development.
New Zealand Transport Agency – Transport Update
Ross I’Anson, Acting Director Regional Relationships (Central North Island) for the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), delivered a verbal report on the activities of NZTA in Hamilton, including funding of projects and work being undertaken in and around the city. Mr I’Anson said an unprecedented number of funding requests had been received in each of the activity classes in the last round, making allocation more challenging than ever. Projects were being prioritised to match the available funds.
New Zealand Transport Agency – Funding Update
Chris Allen, General Manager Development, updated the Committee on communication received from NZTA advising on constrained funding in the current 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme period. Several programmed projects for Hamilton City are affected by this shortfall, including construction funding for the School Link and Transport Centre Rejuvenation projects. Committee Members voted 12-1 in favour of responding to this funding letter by 28 June 2019.
Personal Hire Devices
Councillors voted 10-2 in favour to trial the use of Personal Hire Devices (PHDs) in public places for a six-month period. Operators can apply for permits from 1 July 2019. A robust Code of Practice has been developed by staff outlining the requirements operators applying for a permit must adhere to and will be monitored against. The trial will be monitored by staff and reported to the Growth and Infrastructure Committee with recommendations for any further amendments.
Speed Management Plan
The Hamilton City Speed Management Plan 2019 was unanimously adopted by Elected Members. The purpose of the document is to create an implementation plan related to safer speeds in the city, with Hamilton adopting a ‘Vision Zero’ goal for deaths and serious injuries on Hamilton roads by 2028. The Hamilton City Speed Management Plan 2019 will replace the 2015 Speed Management Policy.
Refuse Transfer Station and Hamilton Organic Centre
The proposed increase of gate fees 2019/20 was deferred for consideration until the next Council meeting on 27 June 2019 to allow staff to gather further information for discussion.
Several reports were carried unanimously at the meeting, including the Infrastructure Alliance Contract Sum Increase, the Encroachment Management Policy, Wet Industry Water Allocation, and an update on the Peacocke Programme.
The next Growth and Infrastructure Committee meeting is on 27 August 2019, 9.30am.