Hamilton is a rapidly growing city with a population of around 150,000 people. More people are coming here, attracted by the great lifestyle and the city's potential. We are planning for this growth, making sure there is enough housing and land that's ready for people to build homes and ensuring we are providing the infrastructure to support this. Access to affordable housing - and the provision of a balanced supply of housing options to meet the city's growth - is a priority in the Hamilton Plan.
Hamilton's population is growing faster than expected. Over the next decade, it's predicted another 27,800 people will come and live here - that's 5300 more people than was forecast last year. This population growth is coupled with a high demand for new housing and this is reflected through an increase in building consent figures. We are making more serviced land available in the areas tagged for this kind of growth, such as Ruakura and Rotokauri, and ensuring our planning allows future infrastructure to progress.
The Council has a number of plans to revitalise the central city and define Hamilton as a major city in New Zealand. These include the Central City Transformation Plan, the River Plan and Victoria on the River.
Public involvement and a community voice are both extremely important in the Council’s decision-making process. Members of the public can offer their feedback on plans and projects for the city in consultations and by providing submissions to the Council.
Residents and visitors alike can enjoy the abundance of community facilities Hamilton has to offer, including the international award winning Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton Zoo, and Claudelands Event Centre. Hamilton also hosts a wide range of city events including Balloons Over Waikato, The Great Race and Hamilton Christmas City.
Every month, the Council produces the City News publication to keep Hamilton residents updated on news, business and events in the City. City News is a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in Hamilton.