​​​10.2 Objectives and Policies: Ruakura Logistics Zone 

​​​Objective Policies​
Logistics and Inland Port land uses establish and operate in an efficient and effective manner.
Logistics, freight-handling services and supportive activities and infrastructure shall be provided for subject to the land allocation set out in Chapter 3.7h), and the provision of required infrastructure, including roading and Three Waters.​


The strategic location of the Ruakura Logistics Zone within the City and region has the potential to deliver significant positive economic, environmental and social benefits. 

The timing and release of land at Ruakura (including the Logistics Zone) is set out in the Regional Policy Statement and restated in Chapter 3.7h). The land allocations are intended as a high level set of control, to provide certainty for the planning of infrastructure where required and ensure a release of land consistent with the Regional Policy Statement. 

Objective Policies​
Optimise the long-term positive, environmental, economic and social benefits of the Ruakura Logistics Zone.
The development of the Ruakura Logistics Zone shall proceed in a manner in which agglomeration benefits and operational efficiency are supported.  
Logistics and freight-handling activities and infrastructure shall be integrated into Hamilton’s pattern of development.
Freight-handling and supporting activities and infrastructure shall be provided for in Sub Area A of the Ruakura Logistics Zone. Logistics and supporting activities and infrastructure shall be provided for in Sub Area B of the Ruakura Logistics Zone.  Activities that do not support the freight-handling function of Sub Area A and the logistics function of Sub Area B shall be avoided.
Activities sensitive to the adverse effects of logistics activities, freight-handling and supportive activities shall be avoided within the Ruakura Logistics Zone.​


The opportunity for the efficient use of land can be achieved through the creation of a specific zone to anchor the establishment and operation of a regionally significant inland port. Within the Logistics Zone, 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. This is a key component to realising the agglomeration benefits. Activities that do not support or strengthen the purpose of the zone shall be avoided. 

Objective Policies​
Adverse effects of logistics and freight- handling activities and infrastructure are avoided or mitigated.
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The ​​adverse effects of logistics and freight-handling activities and associated structures and infrastructure shall be avoided or mitigated by:

i. Ensuring an appropriate location and type of development in accordance with Figure 2-14 Ruakura Structure Plan – Land use (Appendix 2).​

ii. Separating logistics and freight-handling services and supportive activities and infrastructure from sensitive activities.

iii. Ensuring that development visible from key transport corridors and open spaces meets appropriate bulk, location and design standards.

iv. Imposing amenity controls to ensure that the adverse effects of logistics and Inland Port activities are avoided or mitigated when assessed from adjoining facilities or existing residential dwellings and Large Lot Residential zoned areas.

v. Through the preparation, approval and implementation of a Noise and Vibration Management Plan that manages all noise generating activities in the Inland Port.

vi. Providing for the establishment of a Community Liaison Committee to enable the discussion and seek resolution of matters of potential concern to neighbouring residents and the owners and operators of the Inland Port.


Activities, structures and infrastructure associated with logistics and freight-handling have the potential to create adverse environmental effects that will need to be carefully managed. While primarily a greenfields site there are sensitive land uses such as residential dwellings in the surrounding areas. The protection of amenity for those properties within the Percival/Ryburn Road locality has been provided for through measures to manage effects at the boundary through planting, screening and bulk and location controls.  The establishment of a Community Liaison Committee is one means to promote the constructive disc​ussion of these matters. 

Any adverse effects of logistics and freight handling activities and infrastructure extending to the Knowledge Zone, including AgResearch, Waikato Innovation Park and the University of Waikato which require protection through mitigation measures outlined in the logistics provisions, should be considered in combination with other city-wide rules that address issues such as noise and odour.
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