The aesthetics and benefits to the Hamilton residents should also be a high priority and not just what maximises returns to the financial investors.
The CBD is where these developments should go. The services are already supplied to the CBD in the form of Transport Centre, Carpark buildings, worker retail services. The previous developments such as those on Te Rapa Straight adjacent to Bunnings may be good for the investors and the occupying companies, but for the office workers, local residents, trade businesses, these have been a disaster (lack of dedicated long term parking, no transport centre - public transport requires two buses, limited retail services for break times)
This is being proactive and also identifies the infrastructure costs of the developments. The indicative cost adds little to the overall cost of the housing unit and should be able to be absorbed by the developer without affecting the first buyer.
In the current economic climate, anything that promotes social housing is a good thing for the residents of Hamilton.
I agree except for office type commercial development. Maybe the non residential DC should be on equivalent full time employees per square metre to reduce the benefits to the developer of building office type commercial buildings in predominantly trade based commercial areas.
I support the phases transition for areas the council wants to prioritise. Maybe even a permanent DC differential based on council preference.