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2024-54 Infrastructure Strategy

Looking further ahead

As we plan for the next decade, we’re also looking ahead to consider the city’s needs 30 years into the future. This planning allows us to establish the necessary infrastructure today, paving the way for future councils to invest in infrastructure that will suit the Hamilton Kirikiriroa of tomorrow.

We’ve identified significant infrastructure challenges and the big infrastructure decisions we anticipate will need to be made to address these between 2024 and 2054. Factors such as maintaining existing services and looking after what we have, the pressure that growth has on our infrastructure, more stringent legislative and policy standards, climate change, and environmental limits all influence our infrastructure planning.

Our approach to infrastructure investment is constrained by our financial position, characterised by high debt and low revenue. This results in reduced capital and operational budgets, hindering our ability to manage the city’s infrastructure while meeting the escalating expectations on local government, including higher compliance standards and a broader scope of responsibility.

With land and construction costs on the rise, there will never be a more cost-effective time to invest in our future than now. Without sustained high levels of investment we will not be able to deliver the infrastructure required to address Hamilton’s challenges. Local government system change is required to keep pace with the ever-growing investment required, otherwise we risk leaving future generations in a worse position, with lower quality and fewer public goods such as roads, parks, and water provision.

We can’t do it alone so having a plan and strategy that lays out the challenges we face as a city enables collaboration with our partners to ensure we deliver for our city’s future.

Read the draft 2024-54 Infrastructure Strategy here

Development Contributions Policy

This determines how we charge development contributions so that a fair share of infrastructure costs (such as new or upgraded roads, water and wastewater pipes and recreational areas) are paid for by those undertaking development.

Growth Funding Policy

This directs how we make decisions about potential new growth projects and infrastructure (like pipes and roads) where these projects are not aligned with our Long-Term Plan.

Read more about and have your say on our Development Contributions and Growth Funding policies here

Revenue and Financing Policy

This outlines how Council has determined the sources of funding for its capital and operating expenditure.

Read the draft Revenue and Financing Policy here

Rates Remissions and Postponements Policy

This guides how we will administer remissions for eligible ratepayers and allow for postponements of rates payments in certain circumstances.

Read the draft Rates Remissions and Postponements Policy here

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