Businesses, landlords seek input extension

Waikato's commerce and the landlord sector is calling on the Hamilton City Council to put the brakes on its draft district plan public discussion timetable so more people can have a say.

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

Echoing his call is the Waikato Property Investors Association.

President Nancy Caiger said the draft plan was "huge".

"[It's] our first since the 1990s and proper consultation is required . . . the sections of the district plan relating to residential housing, especially new design criteria that could affect housing and investing affordability, are of particular interest to our members and we are encouraging our members to visit the drop-in sessions available to learn what may or may not affect them, now and in the future."

Begbie said there had not been enough consultation time, mostly because of the holidays.

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 to have in the business advocate's district plan submission.

Caiger said the association was aware of other interest groups with concerns, particularly around child safety in driveway placement and rear section planning requirements.

No response from the city council was immediately available.

Waikato Times