Strategic Agreement FAQs

What are the benefits of adopting the Strategic Agreement?

Adopting the Strategic Agreement will provide surety and direction. Surety for landowners and investors about the short and long term future of their land; and surety for the Waikato District Council and the Hamilton City Council to enable them to accommodate future demand for roads, water, wastewater and community facilities. Being able to plan for these now means they can be developed in a more comprehensive, timely and effective manner.  

Why do we need to expand the area of the City?

Hamilton City is continuing to experience strong urban growth across residential, commercial, and industrial sectors of its community. While the City has the land capacity to meet its short and medium term needs, its ability to effectively plan future land uses and infrastructure is compromised by a lack of land. 

Could Hamilton city grow without acquiring more land?

In terms of its industrial and employment capacity, the answer is no. The City has very limited industrial land left, and there are only limited opportunities to expand industrial capacity as part of the development of the Rotokauri area. 

In terms of residential development 20 percent of future demand is to be accommodated through infill or intensification of existing urban areas. Studies have shown that suburban residential development will remain the predominant urban form in the City and therefore sufficient land needs to be made available to accommodate that development.

Why have these areas been selected?

Both Councils have agreed that protecting land for future development is important. The recent proposal by Transit New Zealand to designate the Waikato Expressway past Hamilton, and the Horotiu/Te Rapa Bypass to the western side of Hamilton, have provided a well defined boundary for that urban expansion over the next 30 to 40 years.  

What is the anticipated future use of the land?

The eastern cells are likely to be largely residential, but also to include specialist commercial and industrial areas in the Ruakura area, and around the proposed expressway interchange at Greenhill Road. The northern cells are likely to be largely residential. On the western side of the river the area is identified for industrial land use reflecting the existing industrial nature of the areas, and its proximity to the existing Te Rapa area. The presence of the North Island Main Trunk Railway line, and State Highway one also supports the sue of this area for industry and employment.

What is the process for changing the boundaries?

Boundary changes require the approval of the Local Government Commission, and a separate public process will have to follow under the Local Government Act 2002.

This will involve formal proposals being prepared and notified. Landowners and interested parties will have the opportunity to participate and lodge submissions to support or oppose the individual boundary changes.

When will these areas come into the City?

The agreement recognises that transfers of land will take place according to the need for land and the development of relevant sections of the expressway. The agreement includes some indicative timeframes based on the designation and construction of different sections of the various roads. Both Councils will ensure land is transferred to the City in time to meet future demands.

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