The purpose of the DC remission for the CBD is to increase the density and quality of development in the CBD - however this should be true of all residential areas in Hamilton.
Yes, but in turn HCC should impose additional criteria with regards the design of these 6-storey buildings. These buildings would potentially become part of Hamilton's landscape for a very long time, and I am concerned that the developments will be poorly designed with regards to liveability etc. Already Hamilton has too many poorly designed developments, without consideration for how people live in the houses/apartments - we certainly don't need more. So HCC needs to wield some control over the design process - perhaps making it mandatory to work with an HCC-approved designer/urban designer, or have a process of urban design review from HCC before the DC remission is approved.
DC charges are already very high for developers - and have increased substantially over the past few years. The primary benefit of community infrastructure projects is for the home owners/occupiers - there is no benefit to developers. The additional cost puts further burden on developers without any benefit. HCC would be better to put this cost on to ratepayers, which would spread the cost much further, resulting in a much smaller burden across a wider population. Additionally, developers would still be captured in contributing to these costs through their general rates - since developers often buy/hold land in advance of developments within HCC.
I don't believe that DC's are a barrier to CHP's or Social Housing providers building/developing in Hamilton. HCC is more likely to end up with Developers and regular Housing Companies finding loop-holes to become eligible for these remissions without providing the expected benefits.
Development of non-residential land will proceed regardless of the DC's imposed - there is only a finite amount of land available for development of these areas, and there is high demand for it. HCC could still apply some discretion regarding what DC amount is set/charged for development, but there shouldn't be a policy of capping the DC charges. The property market is far too buoyant and agile - so HCC should have as much ability as possible to impose any changes quickly etc to recover costs.
Yes, HCC need to signal in advance (over at least a 3yr period) what the DC charge increases will be, so that Developers can plan/budget for them. Sudden increases are not appropriate in any part of the city.