HAMIL­TON CITY COUN­CIL DRAFT 10-YEAR PLAN Sub­mis­sion form up­dated

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Hamil­ton’s 10-Year Plan has brought more headaches to sub­mit­ters af­ter a new op­tion was listed un­der a ques­tion days af­ter sub­mis­sions closed.

In the coun­cil’s of­fi­cial feed­back form, ques­tion eight lists the nine com­mu­nity projects in the draft 10-Year Plan. On Fri­day last week a 10th project was added, la­belled Cen­tral City Park.

The same project is listed at the top of the orig­i­nal list as Cen­tral City Park — River Plan.

The ques­tion asks sub­mit­ters to ei­ther tick yes in sup­port of all the projects, or tick no and then tick the projects they do not sup­port. On Tues­day coun­cil­lors were told that a sub­mis­sion with­out yes or no ticked is counted as a yes vote.

The up­date to the list of ques­tions has been made or will be made to all the pub­lic sub­mis­sions re­ceived, which are posted on the coun­cil’s web­site.

Some sub­mit­ters were quick to com­ment on so­cial me­dia, with Nancy Caiger an­gered and con­fused by the move.

“Cen­tral city park has been added as item 10 on the list of projects. But this is no dif­fer­ent to item 1 — Cen­tral City Park-river Plan,” Ms Caiger wrote. “No project should re­ceive more weight­ing than an­other.

“By adding River Plan to Cen­tral City Park might have also con­fused some sub­mit­ters into think­ing of the pre­vi­ous River Plan.”

The city coun­cil re­leased a state­ment on Fri­day say­ing that the change was due to a “ty­po­graph­i­cal er­ror”.

“The 10-Year Plan con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment re­ferred to a project as Cen­tral City Park — River Plan, a ti­tle ap­proved by the coun­cil prior to con­sul­ta­tion. How­ever, a ty­po­graph­i­cal er­ror on the sub­mis­sion forms meant the project was re­ferred to only as Cen­tral City Park,” the state­ment said.

“The project ti­tle was cor­rected on­line on 20 April.

“Dur­ing the re­view and anal­y­sis of sub­mis­sions fol­low­ing the close of con­sul­ta­tion on April 30, it was iden­ti­fied the cor­rec­tion had meant on­line sub­mis­sions made be­fore 20 April do not pub­licly show re­sponses to that project in the tick­box. The data has still been col­lected,” the coun­cil state­ment said.

“To clearly show the re­sponses be­fore and af­ter the cor­rec­tion, the Coun­cil is now in­clud­ing both ver­sions of the project word­ing on all on­line sub­mis­sions. This work will re­quire the sub­mis­sions site to be off­line from time to time in com­ing days.”

Kelli Pike was an­other sub­mit­ter who was an­noyed at the move.

“The Hamil­ton City Coun­cil must want the Vic­to­ria on the River ex­ten­sion real bad if they’re go­ing to change a form af­ter it’s been com­pleted,” Ms Pike said

“Yes, project 10 has been added this week, so now ap­par­ently I sup­port the VOTR ex­ten­sion.”

Ms Pike had only sup­ported the Wai­whakareke Park De­vel­op­ment by leav­ing the project unticked, how­ever the cen­tral city park now ap­pears also unticked.

The pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment has been the sub­ject of ma­jor con­fu­sion, with coun­cil vot­ing on Thurs­day to in­form sub­mit­ters who had pro­vided an email ad­dress of the pos­si­ble miss-in­ter­pre­ta­tion.

The Coun­cil’s Gen­eral Man­ager Strat­egy and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Sean Hickey says Coun­cil­lors were no­ti­fied yes­ter­day morn­ing and up­dated on how the is­sue was to be ad­dressed.

“Our pri­or­ity is that pub­lic views are pre­sented trans­par­ently,” Mr Hickey says.

“There’s been some dis­cus­sion about the word­ing in the con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment and whether some peo­ple may have mis­read a ques­tion but our city so­lic­i­tor has con­firmed, the process it­self is ro­bust,” coun­cil CEO Richard Briggs said.

“Fur­ther, the coun­cil has re­solved to con­tact all sub­mit­ters who have sup­plied an email ad­dress to con­firm they un­der­stood this ques­tion and of­fer them the op­por­tu­nity to amend it if needed.”

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