Hamilton Central City Residential Intensification Health Impact Assessment

This document reports on the findings from a Health and Wellbeing Impact Assessment process (HIA) conducted over 2011 and 2012, to inform the Hamilton City District Plan Review, with a particular focus on the residential intensification proposals.

This report provides:

  • An overview of this project and health impact assessment
  • A profile of Hamilton
  • The process undertaken and the core health and wellbeing principles resulting from this process.
  • Feedback from the consultation groups participating
  • Recommendations going forward.

Consultation for this HIA spanned eight workshops involving over 33 agencies and organisations with approximately 94 people participating during July, 2011 to January, 2012.

Seven overarching themes emerged from the consultation process: accessibility, connectivity and public transport, safety, Māori heritage and cultural identity, housing, public and open space, and community cohesion. The consultation process revealed the issues under these themes and made recommendations to address the issues.

A number of recommendations made in this HIA have already been incorporated by City Planning into the draft review of the District Plan. One example was incorporating a vision for Hamilton to be a fun place to live, work and play. Another example was more emphasis to be placed on the Waikato River as the heart and connecter of Hamilton City. The information and the recommendations on enhancing positive health outcomes and minimising negative health impacts can be used by other units in Council and wider organisations in general. While the commitment to a healthy Hamilton central city begins with the District Plan, buy-in from other Council units and organisations are essential.

This collaborative research project has identified HIA as a useful process that will continue to be a tool available to HCC and DHB staff. The processes of HIA were identified by City Planning, Strategy and Research, and Community Development as beneficial for encouraging community participation, developing inter-agency relationships, and mitigating against negative health impacts in the context of urban planning.

The document is located in the Waikato DHB's position statements on public health issues section.


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