Southern Links

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What is Southern Links?

Southern Links is the future state highway and local arterial road network in the southern part of the city. A plan showing the future network can be found here (PDF, 2.3MB).

Hamilton City Council and the NZ Transport Agency have been working together on the Southern Links project to ensure that future state highway routes are well integrated with the local arterial road network, and to allow for planned growth in the city.

The statutory process to designate the Hamilton City Council part of Southern Links was completed on 9 March 2016. ​The conditions applying to the designation can be found here (PDF, 657KB).

When constructed Southern Links will:

  • Link State Highway 1 from Kahikatea Drive in Hamilton City to Tamahere and the Waikato Expressway in the south
  • Link State Highway 3 from Hamilton Airport to central and east Hamilton
  • Establish a key transport network within the Peacocke growth cell
  • Provide the building blocks for further urban development in the region

Southern Links will reduce congestion, improve safety on SH1 and SH3 in the Hillcrest and Melville suburbs of Hamilton, improve freight flows for industry and be a key part of the city's urban arterial network integrated into the HCC Access Hamilton Strategy.

How do I find out if my land is in or close to Southern Links?​

​The Designation Plan shows the footprint of the Southern Links designation. The designation is also in the District Plan maps - you can use the District Plan GIS Viewer to search property addresses​ to see what ​designations are in the vicinity. The designation number for Southern Links is "A106".

Alternatively, you can view maps for the entire Southern Links network from the NZ Transport Agency website here.

If you are unable to locate your property, you can also email southernlinks@hcc.govt.nz​ to query where the designation boundary is in relation to your property.​

When will construction start?

Timing for construction is significantly influenced by growth demands and is subject to funding priorities. Hamilton City Council's current 10-Year Plan (2015-25) provides funds for completing pre-construction designation conditions, some land purchase, and for a new intersection in the vicinity of the existing Dixon Road/Ohaupo​ Road SH3 intersection. There is no other construction funding in the current 10-Year Plan.

Hamilton City Council's 30-year Infrastructure Plan 2015-45 indicatively shows the construction of the new bridge across the Waikato River connecting Wairere Drive / Cobham Drive to Peacocke Road in Years 11-15 (2026-2030).

Subsequent 10 Year Plans will need to consider funding of further land purchase and construction works. The next 10 Year Plan review is in 2018.

Update (24 June 2017): Council made a non-binding application to the Government’s $1B Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF). More information about the HIF and Council's application is contained in the Council meeting agenda report of 28 March 2017, available here. Latest announcements are available here.

What progress has been made and what’s happening now?

We have completed, are working on, or are about to start work on, a range of pre-construction conditions established by the designation. These include:

  • Pre-Construction Communication and Consultation Plan (Complete and available here (PDF, 1MB))

  • Property Acquisition and Management Engagement Practice (Complete and available here (PDF, 243KB))

  • Ecological Management and Monitoring Plan (Initial work underway)

  • Concept Landscape Management Plan (to commence shortly)

A copy of the designation conditions can be found here (PDF, 657KB).

Update (6 October 2017): We have engaged a range of  environmental experts to help gather information needed for the Ecological Management and Monitoring Plan. They have been walking the gully / stream network and investigating vegetated areas. The information they gather will also help inform a separate project to prepare an Integrated Catchment Management Plan for the Mangakotukutuku catchment.

Most places where our experts need to go are in private ownership. We have sent letters to some property owners in the Peacocke area seeking permission to access their land to do this work. Initial walkovers have been completed. More detailed site surveys (e.g. in-stream fish surveys) have been completed. We are now looking at contacting some landowners again to arrange access for lizard and bird surveys, and for the second round of bat survey work. We'll also be looking into archaeological investigations in the near future.

How will Council keep everyone informed?

The Pre-Construction Communication and Consultation Plan (PAMEP) sets out who, how, and when we will communicate or consult with during the pre-construction phase of Southern Links. This includes the formation of a Community Liaison Group for people directly affected, or in close proximity to the designation will be formed for the duration of the project. ​This plan has been certified by Council (as the regulatory authority) in accordance with the designation conditions. 

The PAMEP is available here (PDF, 243KB).  

From time to time we will publish project updates. These will be available on this website. If you wish to receive an electronic copy of these updates please email southernlinks@hcc.govt.nz with the subject heading "SL Update Yes" using the email address you wish us to use. You can unsubscribe at any time by emailing  southernlinks@hcc.govt.nz with the subject heading "SL Update Cancel".

Previous project newsletters are available below:

​Community Liaison Group

We will hold regular project update sessions (annually initially) for owners and occupiers of land directly affected (within) or in close proximity to (up to 200m beyond) the designation boundary. The plan available here may help. 

We will send invitations if you opt-in to the Community Liaison Group invitation list. If you wish to opt-in please​ email southernlinks@hcc.govt.nz with the subject heading "SL CLG Yes"​ using the email address you wish us to use. You can opt-out at any time by emailing southernlinks@hcc.govt.nz with the subject heading "SL CLG Cancel".

All information presented by Council at these sessions will be made publicly available as soon as practicable. If you have an enquiry please contact  the Southern Links Communication, Consultation and Property Liaison Manager, there is no need to wait for a CLG session.

Update (1 May 2017): In early April we sent letters to owners and/or occupiers of land in or within 200m of the designation boundary. This mail out provided a project update and asked people to opt-in to receive future updates and /or invitations to Community Liaison Group sessions. The first CLG was held on 27 April 2017. If you want a copy of the record please email southernlinks@hcc.govt.nz .

What progress is being made in acquiring designated land?

Three properties have been acquired since the designation was lodged.

Who do I talk to about the maintenance of acquired land?

What is the process for Council acquiring land? 

What can I do on  land affected by the designation?

The Property Acquisition and Management Engagement Practice (PAMEP) outlines the general process for complaints about property management and maintenance, property purchase and the obligations on landowners to seek approvals from Council as a consequence of the land being designated. There are controls on how owners of designated land can use that land. In many situations approval from the requiring authority is needed.

The PAMEP is available here (PDF, 243KB). 



Key documents

Designation Plan (PDF, 2.3MB)
This shows the footprint of the Southern Links designation. It is also shown in the District Plan.


Designation Conditions (PDF, 657KB)
These are conditions imposed on the designation that Council (as the requiring authority) needs to comply with. 


Pre-Construction Communication and Consultation Plan (PDF, 1MB)
This sets out who, how, and when we will communicate or consult with during the pre-construction phase of delivering Southern Links. ​This plan has been certified by Council (as the regulatory authority) as being in accordance with the designation conditions.


Property Acquisition and Management Engagement Practice (PDF, 243KB)
This outlines the property purchase, use of designated land, and complaints processes for Southern Links.


Peacocke Structure ​Plan
This describes the planned land use for the Peacocke area and is incorporated into the District Plan. The Structure Plan reflects the alignment of Southern Links.

 

This outlines landowners rights when it comes to the acquisition of land for public works.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

For enquiries about the Hamilton City Council part of Southern Links please contact:

Hamilton City Council (as the requiring authority)
Nathanael Savage
Southern Links Communication, Consultation and Property Liaison Manager
Phone 07 838 6699
Email: southernlinks@hcc.govt.nz


​For enquiries about the NZ Transport Agency part of Southern Links please contact:

NZ Transport Agency
Simon Brandon
Southern Links Communication, Consultation and Property Liaison Manager
Phone 07 958 7888
Email: simon.brandon@nzta.govt.nz

More information about the project can be found on the NZ Transport Agency website http://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/southern-links

 

 
Note: Hamilton City Council  has two separate roles when dealing with Southern Links. Council acts as a requiring authority, and as a regulatory authority. This is managed carefully by staff so that an appropriate separation of roles and responsibilities is maintained. This is to ensure transparency and manage potential conflicts of interest.
 
 
Page reviewed: 06 Oct 2017 1:48pm