Types of houses and neighbourhoods
We're proposing changes to ensure the right levels of intensification in the right areas.
Moving around our city
We’re proposing some changes to provide more transport choice to support higher density housing, including walking…
Our green policies
Hamilton is a beautiful city, with a lush green canopy, extensive gully network and Waikato River at its heart.
How it's paid for
A financial contribution is a method included in our District Plan to help fund the things that off-set some of the…
Protecting our heritage and natural environment
There are some exceptions to the Government’s rules called ‘qualifying matters’. These allow us to manage…
Council publicly notified Plan Change 12 – Enabling Housing Supply under the Resource Management Act on Friday 19 August and submissions closed on Friday 30 September 2022.
Submissions on Plan Change 12 and Further submissions were available until Monday 12 December 2022.
Next a joint opening hearing will commence on 15 February 2023 (including Plan Change 12 for Hamilton City Council, Variation 3 for Waikato District Council, and Plan Change 26 for Waipā District Council)
Substantive hearings on Plan Change 12 will be held 4 September – 22 September 2023.
More information can be found below.
Public notification (and your chance to tell us what you think).
Joint Opening Hearing
Hearings (you can speak to your submission in person).
Notification of the decision.
Plan change operative and the new rules come into effect.
Since 2020, Central Government has reset the rules for how big cities can grow and introduced two pieces of legislation that tells councils how they must make that happen. These are the National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) and Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021.
Amongst other things, the new rules requires cities like Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Tauranga and Hamilton to grow up, not just out.
Read more about the NPS-UD here.
Read more about the Amendment bill here.
The changes set out by Government are not optional
We must change our plan to reflect the new rules. But we’re aiming to do this in a way that respects our environment and the features of our city that are important to us.
Plan change documentation
Other related plan changes
Waipā District Council: PC26 Residential Intensification
Waikato District Council: Variation 3 Enabling Housing Supply
Last updated 20 December 2022