Call for brakes to district plan sumbmission time

21:47, Feb 04 2013

Waikato commerce is calling on the Hamilton City Council to put the brakes on its draft district plan public discussion timetable so more business people can have their say.

Waikato Chamber of Commerce president Tony Begbie wants the public submission time extended from its its scheduled  finish time of March 1.

Begbie says it's the first new district plan since the late 1990s and there has not been a long enough consultation time, mostly because of the holidays.

The chamber wants the consultation stretched to the end of March so it can rally more business people to have a say and ensure a better planning outcome.

Meanwhile, chamber chief executive Sandra Perry is asking members and the wider business community to review the plan and contact her with any issues they would like included in the business advocacy group's district plan submission.

"Businesses should look at the impacts it will have on business and on the community in general..." she says.

The chamber is urging business owners to look closely at how the plan will affect business and city growth, including infrastructure and retailing.

A response from the city council was not immediately available.