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You
told us

Hamiltonians have lots of ideas about what would improve our city. Here’s some of what they said.

“Have more arts and culture facilities.” Dejin, Frankton

“An integrated transport plan designed by the community which recognises the variety of transport options with safe corridors.” Raymond, Chartwell

“Create a walkable city with more focus on alternative modes of transport.” Nevada, Whitiora

“Create a walkable city with more focus on alternative modes of transport.” Nevada, Whitiora

What we want

We want a city that’s easy to live in, explore, and connect.

Our plans for the next 10 years


We will be creating and investing in strong and lively communities in a city that's easy to get around in – no matter what your transport choice.

You can see the list of projects we’ve included in our budget and will be funded by rates here.

There’s also projects we considered but haven’t included in our budgets. You can view this list here.

Is there a project you really want us to do, or not do? Let us know in the feedback form below!

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Here are some of the ways that we’re investing in our city over the next 10 years

$22 million on providing spaces to connect and discover through our six libraries and online e-book collection
$10 million to complete the new Rototuna Village community facility, including a library and community space
Around $66 million to look after our footpaths and making them safer by removing trip hazards; and keeping our street lights turned on
$76 million to make our intersections and roads safer
$28 million on public transport initiatives such as improving bus reliability so buses run on time, easy access to buses and bus stops and public transport hubs which will help with congestion across the city
$69 million on more on and off-road cycleways and paths so we can explore and discover our city
$110 million on building our newest vehicle, pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Waikato River to link the new Peacocke community with our city and eastern suburbs

Share your voice.

There are some specific projects we would like your feedback on before we confirm our budget for the next 10 years.

The project

Provide more safer routes for biking, scooting and skating

You’ve told us you want a city that’s easier and safer to get around.

Encouraging safe and easy alternatives to driving helps us ease traffic congestion, keep our people safer and reduce the impact on our environment.

In addition to the $69 million we mentioned above for on and off road cycleways and paths, we’re also developing a prioritised programme of projects and actions that will make it safer for people to bike, scoot and skate around our city. These actions include things like building cycleways, bike/scooter parking and charging stations and delivering safety programmes.

This programme will be finalised later this year as part of the business case being developed in conjunction with Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency. We’ll identify which projects are the highest priority and will be tackled first.

The total cost of the programme is $55 million.

This is made up of $28 million from Council (funded through debt) and will have an impact on rates. We will be seeking co-investment from Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency for the balance.

If co-investment from Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency isn’t available, we will review and prioritise the projects to get the most impact from our investment of $28 million. This means some projects would be delayed.

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This is Council's
preferred option

The options

Option 1: Providing more safer routes for biking, scooting, and skating

We’re proposing to invest $55 million over the next 10 years to make our city safer to bike, scoot and skate around. We’re expecting the $55 million will be spread fairly evenly across the 10 years so we will spend $24.5 million in the first five years (2021/22 – 2025/26) and $30.7 million in the second five years (2026/27 – 2030/31). This means we can get onto the work quickly and make some real progress soon.

We know Hamiltonians want more options to get around and explore our city. We’re a compact and relatively flat city which make it a perfect place to bike, scoot and skate. We’re excited about these projects and believe the scale of this programme is a great opportunity to transform the way people across our city move around.

What this means for your rates:
Amount included in your rates (average, incl GST)**
$20 per year from 2021/22
This option has been included in the proposed budget.

Option 2: Slow it down

This option means we would spend the same amount of money overall ($55 million, with half coming from Waka Kotahi) but slow down the spend in the first five years of our plan. Instead of spending $24.5 million in the first five years, we would only spend $15 million and then more in the second five years.

This option means we would see a lot less happen over the next few years. Progress will be slower and we don’t think this will meet the aspirations Hamiltonians have for their city.

Slowing the project down means we would need to borrow less in the first five years, so the amount we need from rates to fund the debt would be $4 less per year (difference between $20 per year and $16 per year).

What this means for your rates:
Amount included in your rates (average, incl GST)**
$16 per year from 2021/22
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The project

Upgrading the Gordonton Road/Puketaha Road intersection

Gordonton Road between Wairere Drive and Thomas Road has a history of safety concerns and has become increasingly busy with traffic as more people have chosen to live in Rototuna and the neighbouring Waikato district.

Gordonton Road is currently classed as a rural road – meaning it was typically designed for lower traffic volumes, and has no footpaths. With continued growth in the area, further roading improvements are needed to improve safety for all road users including pedestrians and cyclists.

Over the past three years, several projects have been completed along the road to improve safety. Work has begun on a shared walking and cycling path within the Huntington and St James areas (which runs parallel to Gordonton Road) and Council has also programmed funding this year (2021) to start upgrading the Darjon Drive intersection with a small roundabout.

To address some of the other safety issues along Gordonton Road, we’re proposing to build a small roundabout at the intersection of Gordonton Road/Puketaha Road.

The total cost of the roundabout is $3 million.

This would be funded by Council through debt (borrowed money) and will have an impact on rates.

Click here for more information about work happening on intersections across the city. 

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This is Council's
preferred option

The options

Option 1: Upgrade the Gordonton Road/Puketaha Road intersection in 2021/22

We’ve heard from lots of you that this intersection needs to be upgraded to make it safer for all road users. So, we’re proposing to upgrade this intersection starting in 2021/22.

It will include installing a small roundabout at the Gordonton Road/Puketaha Road intersection. This option doesn’t include creating a link to St James Drive.

The project is not seen as a priority by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency which means we will not receive any funding subsidy and all costs will need to be met by Council.

What this means for your rates:
Amount included in your rates (average, incl GST)**
$4 per year from 2021/22
This option has been included in the proposed budget.

Option 2: Do it later

This option means pushing the project out beyond the 10 years of this Long-Term Plan.

This would allow us to assess whether the opening of the Waikato Expressway and the upgrade to the Darjon Drive intersection would reduce the current safety risks Council is concerned about.

Delaying the project may mean we could potentially seek co-investment from Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency.

Not spending on this project means we would need to borrow less, so the amount we need from rates to fund the debt would be $4 less per year.

What this means for your rates:
Amount included in your rates (average, incl GST)**
$4 per year from 2021/22

The project

Upgrading the Borman Road/Horsham Downs Road intersection

As the Rototuna neighbourhood has grown, there has been increasing concern around the safety and number of cars using the roads in the area. This is causing residents to use other roads which have not been designed for this amount of traffic. This causes new safety risks.

To help with these safety risks, we’re proposing to complete the final sections of Borman Road and to upgrade the Horsham Downs Road/Borman Road intersection. Once complete this key transport connection will link Kay Road in the west to Gordonton Road in the east.

Council has proposed starting this work in 2024/25. The second part of the project will be extending Borman Road from Kimbrae Drive to Horsham Downs Road. Council has proposed starting this work in 2029/30.

The total cost of the upgrade is $11 million.

This is funded by Council through debt (borrowed money) and will have an impact on rates.

Click here for more information about work happening on intersections across the city. 

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This is Council's
preferred option

The options

Option 1: Upgrade the Borman Road/Horsham Downs Road intersection in 2024/25

This option means Council will start the project in 2024/25.

This project is unlikely to be a priority for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency which means we will not receive any co-investment.

What this means for your rates:
Amount included in your rates (average, incl GST)**
$9 per year from 2024/25
This option has been included in the proposed budget.

Option 2: Do it sooner

This option means Council will start the project in 2021/22.

Starting work sooner means the intersection will be ready for the development happening in the area. We know some members of the community want these works to start sooner.

The cost of the project would be slightly less (due to inflation), but the impact on rates would be sooner, from 2021/22 onwards. The preferred option only includes this impact from 2024/25 onwards.

What this means for your rates:
Amount included in your rates (average, incl GST)**
$7 per year from 2021/22

The project

Expanding the Hillcrest Library

We love our libraries and last year around 514,000 people visited our libraries across the city.

Hillcrest Library is one of our smallest libraries but is well used and loved by the local community. The library is now running at capacity and often becomes overcrowded at peak times, especially after school hours and on Saturdays. It’s expected this library will get busier, especially when people start to live in the new Peacocke community. We also expect to see more Hillcrest Library users from 2023 when the new bridge across the Waikato River opens.

Expanding the library will mean we increase our collection size and offer more books and products for our community to discover and enjoy. We’re also going to create a ‘makerspace’ area – which is a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high-tech and no-tech tools.

The library is on Masters Avenue and surrounded by Council-owned shops tenanted on short-term leases. Council has long intended to refurbish the library and extend into the Council-owned shops, but this work has been delayed due to financial constraints.

The total cost of the expansion is $5 million.

This is funded by Council through debt (borrowed money) and will have an impact on rates.

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This is Council's
preferred option

The options

Option 1: Expand the Hillcrest Library in 2027/28

We’re proposing to expand the Hillcrest Library in 2027/28.

Although the new bridge over the Waikato River will be open in 2023, the Peacocke community will take a few years to grow. We want to make sure our libraries continue to be engaging places for our community to connect and discover. We believe that for now, the library is suitable as it is but look forward to an expansion in 2027/28 to meet the needs of the growing communities in the Hillcrest area.

What this means for your rates:
Amount included in your rates (average, incl GST)**
$10 per year from 2027/28
This option has been included in the proposed budget.

Option 2: Do it sooner

This option means we will expand the Hillcrest Library three years earlier in 2024/25.

This option means we will have a bigger library in place soon after the new bridge opens. This will offer an enhanced library service to our existing community as well as for those moving into the Peacocke community.

While doing it sooner means the project would cost slightly less overall (due to inflation), we would have to borrow earlier and increase the proposed rates from 2024/25. The preferred option only includes this impact from 2027/28 onwards.

What this means for your rates:
Amount included in your rates (average, incl GST)**
$9 per year from 2024/25