2.1 Purpose

​​​a) The principal purpose of this chapter is to provide clear and strong links between the District Plan and the City’s Strategies, which are listed in Chapter 1: Plan Overview, Section – Integration of the Plan With Other Plans and Documents. To this end, this chapter sets out the strategic objectives and policies for Hamilton City. Other chapters contain objectives, policies and rules that implement and support this strategic policy framework.​
b)​ One of the key approaches to achieving a compact city and the sustainable management of physical resources is to recognise the existing and distinctive business centres that will make up a business hierarchy. The overall aim is to maintain the primacy of the Central City as a viable and vibrant metropolitan centre. ​​​​
c)​ The proposed shape and growth o​​f the City is based on the Future Proof growth and implementation strategy and the Hamilton Urban Growth Strategy and is represented in Figure 2.1a below. Both the Future Proof strategy and the Waikato Regional Policy Statement include urban limits in order to give effect to the Future Proof sub-regional settlement pattern. The urban limits aim to achieve a more compact urban form over time. This chapter reinforces the City’s strategy of encouraging a compact and sustainable city by increasing development densities within identified urban areas, such as: ​
​i. Within the Central City, suburban and neighbourhood centres.​
ii.​ Near to hospitals, tertiary education and specialised training facilities.​
iii.​ Parks and open spaces.​

Figure 2.1a Hamilton's Plan at a Glance  

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