Council Focusses On Future ‘Liveability’ After A Pivotal Year

Waikato District Council is preparing for a long period of growth and change and has undertaken a series of major initiatives in the past year that will be pivotal to creating liveable communities for the future says Mayor Allan Sanson.

One of the fastest growing districts in the country, Waikato district is forecasting a 20% jump in property numbers (from 32,000 to 38,500) in the next decade, and population growth of more than 12,000 – close to the combined populations of our two largest towns, Ngaruawahia and Huntly.

Laid out in the Long Term Plan, this vision is supported by a $1 million budget to implement a series of blueprints for the District’s key growth areas which will help inform work, in partnership with the Government, to maximise opportunities for integrated growth management along the Hamilton to Auckland corridor.

Average rates per rateable property were $2,792 for 2017/18 compared with a calculated affordability limit of $2,999. Average debt per rateable property is $2,557.