10.2 Objectives and Policies: Ruakura Logistics Zone
and Inland Port land uses establish and operate in an efficient and effective
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.
the long-term positive, environmental, economic and social benefits of the Ruakura
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.
effects of logistics and freight- handling activities and infrastructure are
avoided or mitigated.
The adverse effects of logistics and freight-handling activities and associated structures and infrastructure shall be avoided
or mitigated by:
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 discussion 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.