Monday, June 24, 2024

Hamilton open space policy review

Hamilton City Council is asking for feedback on the proposed changes to its Open Space Provision Policy.

The current policy was adopted in 2018. The policy guides Council in how it provides open spaces for the community, and how decisions are made to plan for the future and the purchasing or selling of open spaces.  

Council is proposing some key changes to the policy. These include:  

  • reducing the walking distance targets for neighbourhood and community parks, in medium and high-density residential areas;
  • the inclusion of a policy aiming for Council to purchase land for parks early, when possible, to reduce the cost for ratepayers and developers.

The Council says the changes reflect the changing urban environment of Hamilton Kirikiriroa, which the policy needs to adapt to.

“The demand for open spaces across the city will be impacted by Hamilton’s increasing population, new Council strategies, and the increasing value of land,” Council said in a statement.

Learn more and have your say:

  • online at
  • at your local library or the Council Municipal Building
  • by requesting a hard copy to be sent to you.

Submissions can be made from Tuesday 5 September to Tuesday 3 October 2023. 

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