What’s a Long-Term Plan?

Every three years we develop the Long-Term Plan – setting major projects, budgets and financial strategy (including proposed rate increases) for the next 10 years.

The Long-Term Plan includes a 30-year Infrastructure Strategy, which sets the strategic direction for providing infrastructure, as required by the Local Government Act 2002.

Read the current Long-Term Plan

What are our priorities for Hamilton Kirikiriroa?

In 2020 we asked residents what they love about Hamilton Kirikiriroa, and what would make their city an even better place to be.

Public opinion factored strongly into the development of Council’s five priorities:

  1. Shaping a city that’s easy to live in
  2. Shaping a city where our people thrive
  3. Shaping a central city where people love to be
  4. Shaping a fun city with lots to do
  5. Shaping a green city.

These priorities guide our decision-making in improving Hamilton’s social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing.

We’re working on our Long-Term Plan 2024-34

Every three years Hamilton City Council reviews its Long-Term Plan. It sets out our major projects, budgets and financial strategy for the next 10 years.

The current Long-Term Plan is for 2021-31. The next Long-Term Plan will build on the current one and cover the period 2024-34.

This is an opportunity for the Hamilton Kirikiriroa community to express your views. Your feedback will help Council make important decisions for our Long-Term Plan 2024-34.

Staying on track

This year we’re facing significant costs pressures which are impacting all councils and communities across New Zealand.

We’re dealing with rising inflation, insurance and interest costs, severe weather events, supply chain issues, and regulatory changes from central government.

We must ensure we stay on track financially while taking care of our city and its people.

We need to balance community wellbeing and affordability alongside our aspirations for growth.

Let us know what you think

Council is committed to a transparent and collaborative process in shaping the city’s future.

Now, more than ever, your feedback is important so Council can focus on the most important outcomes for you.

In March-April 2024, we will be sharing our Long-Term Plan consultation document with the community.

You will be able to read what’s been proposed, look at the detail that supports it and give us your feedback.

How to have your say

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For now, if you have any questions on the Long-Term Plan process, please email the team on ltp@hcc.govt.nz and we will be happy to give you more information.

We warmly encourage you to have your say next year. Councillors will be keen to know what matters to you most and why.

Find out more

For more information, read our information guide.

 Draft Long-Term Plan 2024-34 – A guide for Hamiltonians

Key dates

7-8 November 2023

Elected Members information sessions

The Elected Members receive updated information, modelling and rates scenarios.

Read more about session 1

Read more about session 2

28-29 November 2023

Proposed budget

Council meets to consider the proposed budget, significant forecasting assumptions and Development Contributions Policy.

14 December 2023

Significance and Engagement Policy

Council meets to consider adopting the draft Significance and Engagement Policy.

14 March 2024

Consultation document

Council meets to adopt the Long-Term Plan 2024-34 consultation document.

March-April 2024

Community consultation

Council consults with the Hamilton Kirikiriroa community and receives written submissions. Verbal submissions are heard in late April.

May 2024

Community feedback considered

Council meets to consider the community feedback.

June 2024

Long-Term Plan adopted

Council meets to adopt the Long-Term Plan 2024-34 and set rates for 2024-25.

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Last updated 23 February 2024