Hamilton East Neighbourhood – Boundaries and Density

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The real estate industry (QV.co.nz) gives Hamilton East a generous 6 km² suburban neighbourhood size compared to other measures of Hamilton East’s boundaries. The population density of this QV area in 2013 was 2,490 people per km² (ppkm²), up from 1,953 ppkm² in 2001; a 27 percent increase. Most of this increase came from the Ruakura/Old farm Rd area, whose population has grow by 75%.

The 3.8 km² area covered by the Hamilton East neighbourhood plan currently has a population of 9,201 (2018 census), up from 7,440 in 2001. The population density of this area is 2,400 people per km² (2018 census), up from 1,948 ppkm² in 2001, a 23 percent increase. Over the same period, traffic counts have shown a nominal 7 to 9 percent decline.

This century the population of the Hamilton East neighbourhood has increased by 1,760 people and traffic counts in the same area have decreased by 8,130 motor vehicles. If we are interested in flattening the curve of the increasing cost of providing for motor vehicles, Hamilton East provides a real-world example for other areas of Hamilton to follow.

‘Making Buildings Fit for Sustainable Mobility’ page 14
Showing Higher minimum car parking requirements increase driving

Care is needed not to force an over-supply of car parking; ‘cities with a lower car mode share tend to have smaller [lower] minimum car parking spaces per apartment’ (Making Buildings Fit for Sustainable Mobility. p13). There will be people afraid that car parking will become not available or a nuisance for them. Paul Barter’s paper on ‘Parking Policy in Asian Cities’ reports ‘chaotic on-street parking is not necessarily a signal of shortage, it is a sign of poorly managed on-street parking’ (p85). A good example of managed on-street parking can be found in Hamilton’s Kitchener St, where there is a 5 minute parking rule on one side of the road, which means there is always a parking space for people who need to drop in for a quick visit.

Below are my Population numbers. I am using 2013 census maps and 2018 census place summaries.

Lastly is image of area traffic counts

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