A by-election will be held next year to fill the Waikato Regional Council vacancy created by the passing of councillor Lois Livingston.
Cr Livingston, a Hamilton constituency councillor, died in November after illness.
Chief executive Vaughan Payne has signalled he will give notice of the by-election for the vacant Hamilton constituency position over the coming weeks, with nominations to open in January.
If more than one nomination is received, voters on the general roll in Hamilton will receive their voting packs in the mail during March.
Council chair Alan Livingston said: “Lois leaves big shoes to fill. This is an opportunity for potential candidates to step up and help influence the economic, environmental and social future of our region. I encourage people to think about offering themselves to serve the Waikato region.”