The two-day hearings meeting is a chance for people who have made a written submission to speak in support of their views. A total of 94 people and groups came to speak to Council out of approximately 200 written submissions.
Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace was very impressed with the time and effort people had put into their written submissions and their presentations to the meeting.
“There were some really well thought out submissions, and some very passionate proposals for Council to think about,” he said.
“There were some brickbats on what we can do better – we certainly take that on board. But there was also a lot of praise and support for our investment in rejuvenation and the work we’re doing out in the community.”
There were a variety of speakers on a wide range of topics over the two-day hearing.
“We had submissions that covered the full spectrum of big issues facing Lower Hutt over the next two years.”
“The Riverlink project will open up many opportunities in the CBD and so it was great to hear positive comments towards this major investment. Resilience and the effects of climate change were also key themes.”
Other topics of discussion included Sportsvilles and other sporting and recreational facilities, housing and homelessness, and the future of the Petone wharf.
“Councillors now have a very difficult job over the coming weeks to prioritise spending.”
“We’re very conscious to keep any rates increases low for ratepayers. At the same time, we know the city is on a roll and we need to make sure we keep the momentum going by investing in things that will make Lower Hutt a great place to live, work, play and learn.”
The Community Plan Committee will meet again on 6 June to discuss changes to the Long Term Plan based on the community feedback received, and then on 28 June to adopt and set rates.
Published: 18 May 2018