The River Plan has been developed by the River Plan Working Group comprising of elected officials and eight subject matter experts from architecture, urban planning, iwi and tourism organisations within Hamilton:
Former Councillors Roger Hennebry and Pippa Mahood are also acknowledged for their involvement in the early stages of the River Plan.
River Plan Working Group is supported by a Technical Group of representatives from Waikato Regional Council, Waikato-Tainui, Waikato River Authority, Mighty River Power and Council staff, who provide specialist advice about the river and represent their organisations throughout the River Plan process.
The River Plan development and design has been supported by McIldowie Partners Architects of Melbourne.
The River Plan has been developed in three stages:
The River Plan is a strategic guide for Council, businesses, developers and the general public for improving Hamilton’s engagement with the river. It establishes a high level framework for thirty years that will guide transformational change that will shift the way Hamilton relates to, celebrates and enjoys the river.
The River Plan is not a statutory plan and does not include:
Many of the images used in the River Plan are conceptual images to provide an understanding of the River Plan’s direction and examples of project ideas to create an aspiration, but not a specific design solution, for the places where change is proposed.
Significant projects will require a detailed feasibility study and business case, with appropriate consultation with stakeholders to ensure the right design solution for each place is found. There will need to be budgets developed and sources of funding found to make this plan a reality.