Property Council submission to Hamilton City Council on Plan Change 9

On August 31 2022, Property Council submitted to Hamilton City Council regarding Plan Change 9.

Plan Change 9 encompasses a range of changes to the Hamilton District Plan, covering matters of heritage, the environment and archaeological sites.

Why this matters to our members

Property Council advocates for the creation and retention of a well-designed, functional and sustainable built environment. Hamilton City Council’s proposed approach to matters of heritage, the environment and archaeological sites is of immense significance to our members. These policies will shape the future built environment of Hamilton for generations, influencing outcomes across the entire property sector eco-system. We firmly believe that it is important that the voice of the property sector is heard at the decision-making table.

Our view

Our submission expressed our serious concerns regarding the impact of Plan Change 9 on Hamilton’s built environment.

At a high level, our submission recommended that HCC:

  • Urgently revise their listed built heritage structures, adopting a more targeted and tailored approach that places greater emphasis on balancing protecting Hamilton’s heritage whilst ensuring there is sufficient development capacity;
  • Limit Historic Heritage zoning to the five existing areas; Frankton Railway Village, Hamilton East, Hayes Paddock, Claudelands West and Temple View;
  • Not apply archaeological overlays to areas that have already been developed on;
  • Adopts a common-sense approach to trees that start to become a health and safety hazard to the surrounding environment; and
  • Adopts a revised approach to protected root zones, that limits the consenting pressure on private landowners.
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