Planning for Peacocke has been taking place in the background for more than 10 years. Let's take a short walk through history.
Peacocke is a historically significant place as its low banks along the Waikato River made it an easy place for Maaori to access land from the River, and the land proved a fruitful place to grow kumara.
There are paa sites within Peacocke, which are areas where Maaori villages or settlements were located in the city's early history and the entire Peacocke programme will respect, protect and celebrate the significant cultural heritage.
In more recent history, a significant part of Peacocke has been farmed by generations of the Peacocke family (hence the name!), along with many other families, and has been earmarked to become home for thousands more Hamiltonians since 1989.
Peacocke was officially included within Hamilton's boundary in 1989 and, at that stage, was the city's third growth area to be developed after Rototuna (now almost complete) and Rotokauri.
Peacocke has remained largely undeveloped since 1989, largely due to the funding required to establish the strategic infrastructure required to 'open up' the growth cell for development. Because of the high costs, the funding for the strategic infrastructure was generally planned to be outside of each of the 10 year plan budget period.
In 2016 the Government provided a unique opportunity for Hamilton to bid for a portion of the 10-year interest-free $1B Housing Infrastructure Fund. The Council had already completed zoning and structural planning for Peacocke, which meant Hamilton could make a compelling case for a share of this funding. The Council successfully received $180.3M from the loan fund and a further $110.1M of NZ Transport Agency subsidies for total funding of $290.4M for Peacocke. This package saves Hamilton ratepayers around $70M in interest fees alone.
Peacocke becomes part of 'Hamilton.'
Hamilton Urban Growth Strategy (HUGS) was developed identifying Peacocke as the third residential growth area.
Peacocke area study.
Peacocke scoping study was prepared.
2005 – Southern Links Strategy Study Report released.
Provisions were added in the 2006-16 10-Year Plan to provide for 500 initial homes in Peacocke Stage 1 in 2008 (four years earlier than previously planned).
Peacocke Structure Plan was prepared.
First homes begin being built in Peacocke stage 1A (South side of Dixon Rd).
Further infrastructure investment in Peacocke was deferred, Stage 1 infrastructure to continue.
NZ Transport Agency host three public meetings to discuss draft plans for the Southern Links road network.
NZ Transport Agency host three more public meetings with revised Southern Links plans.
The Council plans for the majority of new, or upgrades to, roads and water infrastructure in Peacocke to be from years four to 10 in the 10-Year Plan.
Public submissions were open on the proposed Southern Links network.
Notices of Requirement to protect the land where Southern Links will be going began to be issued.
The Council chose for the $85M Southern Links development (Wairere Dr extension and bridge to Peacocke) to begin in 2024 (Year nine of the plan). Arterial roads in Peacocke ($87M) were scheduled/estimated to begin in 2043 (Year 28).
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment announced a new $1B Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) available for high-growth Councils, including Hamilton.
Hamilton City Council submitted three proposals; one for Peacocke Growth Cell, one for Rotokauri Growth Cell and one including both growth cells. These were the first bids to be submitted.
The Government announced, in Hamilton, Peacocke will receive part of the $1B 10-year interest-free loan.
10 November 2017
Mangakotukutuku Integrated Catchment Management Plan project begins (half of the Mangakotukutuku catchment is Peacocke).
7 December 2017
Hamilton City Council votes to include Peacocke as the primary growth area for the city in the draft 10-Year Plan.
Hamilton had their say on the draft 10-Year Plan. Of those who gave feedback, 73% favoured developing Peacocke.
Amberfield consent for more than 1000 homes in Peacocke submitted (currently being processed).
28 June 2018
Hamilton City Council approves the fast-tracked development of Peacocke in their 10-Year Plan and formally accepts the Housing Infrastructure Fund funding package.
Peacocke Programme plan developed.