10.1 Purpose

​​​​​a) Ruakura is strategically located and is of an appropriate scale to satisfy growing national demand for enhanced freight-handling infrastructure. It is ideally placed to process containers originating at the Ports of Tauranga and Auckland, and as such has the ability to realise significant agglomeration benefits. It is therefore the preferred location in Hamilton City to establish an inland port.   
​b)The Ruakura Logistics Zone provides land for the establishment of the Inland Port (Sub Area A of the Logistics Zone) and an adjoining logistics area (Sub Area B of the Logistics Zone) as shown on Figures 2-14 Ruakura Structure Plan – Land use and 2-17 Inland Port Building Setbacks and Landscape Controls (Appendix 2). Sub Area A is to provide for the core activities of freight handling infrastructure, whereas Sub Area B is a distribution precinct to provide for logistics and support activities.
c)​ Agglomeration benefits arise from the fact that production costs fall as related businesses cluster together, share infrastructure, provide economies of scale and reduce the cost of handling and moving freight between Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions. A key component to realising these agglomeration benefits will be the development and release of industrial land and the Inland Port in a staged and coordinated manner. With a direct connection to the Waikato Expressway, environmental benefits, such as reducing New Zealand’s carbon emissions and a reduction in congestion, can also be realised.
d)​ The Inland Port will be developed adjacent to the existing rail infrastructure (East Coast Main Trunk railway) and the Waikato Expressway. The location of both road and rail infrastructure allows the proposed port to be intermodal, so freight can be transferred between rail and road transport. Railway sidings will be required off the main line and other critical infrastructure includes the development of; container hardstand areas, lighting masts, security infrastructure, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), communications and data management, as well as fire and hazardous substance response facilities. The development of a comprehensive stormwater management and treatment network will be identified through the Land Development Rules under 3.7.4.2 and will also need to be planned for at the outset of development.
e)​Due to the costs involved in developing an Inland Port, and the nature of the infrastructure (such as security and Biosecurity/Customs facilities), it is important that the freight and logistics area is occupied by businesses which use the port’s facilities, rather than more general industrial or employment activities. A critical mass of such businesses is required for the Inland Port to be economically successful.
f)​ The Ruakura Logistics Zone will generally comprise large warehouses and large areas of hardstand. Logistics and freight-handling activities include container storage, container unloading/loading, Biosecurity/Customs procedures, warehousing, distribution/consignment activities, utilities and all ancillary activities including container, equipment and fleet maintenance and administration activities.​
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