Any discretionary or non-complying resource consent must consider where relevant the objectives and policies below.
Towards a Sustainable City
Hamilton is characterised by an increasingly sustainable urban form.
Development makes use of the identified opportunities for urban intensification.
Development is designed and located to minimise energy use and carbon dioxide production, by:
||Minimising the need for private motor vehicle use|
||Encouraging walking, cycling and the use of passenger transport.|
||Maximising opportunities for people to live, work and play within their local area.|
Land use zoning and subdivision controls will be used as methods to achieve the sustainable use of the City’s land resources including providing for separation, proximity and agglomeration of land uses.
Urban development takes place within areas identified for this purpose in a manner which uses land and infrastructure most efficiently.
Development shall occur in locations that are consistent with the growth management policies of the Waikato Regional Policy Statement.
Any development that is within an identified growth area is to be undertaken in general accordance with an approved Structure Plan.
The release of land for urban development will not be allowed unless appropriate infrastructure is available and the servicing of this land does not compromise the efficiency and sustainability of planned infrastructure.
The subdivision or use of any rural land within an identified growth area shall not compromise future urban development.
Urban Design Approach
Central City, Business and Industry
Establish and maintain a hierarchy of viable and vibrant business centres that provide a focus for retail, commercial and entertainment activities and serve the social, cultural, environmental and economic needs of the community.
Business activity and development shall locate in the most appropriate centre for its role, according to the following hierarchy:
||The Central City is the primary business centre, serving the City and wider region, and is the preferred location for commercial, civic and social activities.|
||The Base and Chartwell complement the Central City, to serve large parts of the City and adjoining districts, and contain primarily retailing, entertainment and services.|
||Suburban centres, to provide convenience goods, community services, facilities and employment to serve immediate suburban catchments.|
|iv.||Ruakura Retail Centre, to serve the Ruakura Structure Plan area and adjacent catchment.|
||Neighbourhood centres, to contain retailing and service activities to serve immediate residential catchments.|
The distribution, type, scale and intensity of activities outside the Central City does not undermine the viability, vitality and vibrancy of the Central City, its amenity values, or role in meeting the needs of the region.
Significant large format retail development beyond the identified out of centre zones is not envisaged for the Plan period.
Business and Industry
Industrial and business activities contribute to the economic, cultural, social and environmental wellbeing and prosperity of the community.
The positive effects of business and industry on economic, cultural, social and environmental wellbeing are encouraged and promoted.
Business and industrial activities and development shall uses land allocated and serviced for business and industrial purposes.
Industrial zoned land shall be safeguarded for industrial purposes.
Sufficient feasible development capacity for
housing is provided to meet the targets in the table below:
|Minimum Targets (number of dwellings)|
|Short to Medium|
The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016 requires minimum dwelling targets as an objective in the District Plan. These minimum targets are in accordance with the Future Proof Housing Development Capacity Assessment 2017.
A range of housing types and densities is available to meet the needs of a diverse range of people and communities.
Residential development provides for a range of household choices and the diversity of cultural and social needs.
Higher-density residential development is located within and close to the Central City, suburban and neighbourhood centres, hospitals, tertiary education facilities and parks, open spaces, and other areas of high social amenity.
The Waikato River
The health and wellbeing of the Waikato River is restored and protected and the River is celebrated as being at the heart of the region’s identity and a feature of national importance.
The natural character of the Waikato River, gully system and its margins is preserved and protected from inappropriate subdivision, land use and development.
The natural, cultural, heritage and amenity values of the Waikato River are protected, enjoyed and enhanced.
Access and connections with the Waikato River are maintained and enhanced.
The relationship of Waikato-Tainui with the Waikato River is recognised and provided for, including through a Joint Management Agreement.
Communities’ relationships with the Waikato River, including their economic, social, cultural and spiritual relationships, are restored and protected.
Tangata Whenua: Waikato Tainui
Resource management priorities are developed in partnership with tangata whenua.
The relationship tangata whenua have with the City is recognised and promoted.
Development considers effects on the unique tangata whenua relationships, values, aspirations, roles and responsibilities with respect to an area.
As part of the development process, decisions on land use, subdivision and development include ongoing consultation and collaboration with tangata whenua where appropriate.
Development and the decisions associated with developments where required are to consider any relevant Iwi Management Plan.
The health and wellbeing of the Waikato River is restored and protected so that it may sustain abundant life and prosperous communities.
Provide programmes of action to achieve targets to improve the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River.
Promote an integrated, holistic and coordinated approach to the management of the natural, physical, cultural and historic resources of the Waikato River.
Hamilton’s Identity, Character and Heritage
Hamilton’s unique character, heritage and identity are reflected in its built environment.
Development is sensitive to and enhances Hamilton’s identity and character.
Development enhances Hamilton's unique character areas, precincts and projects through urban design and public art.
Development is sensitive to and protects Hamilton’s archaeological and cultural heritage sites, structures, areas, landscapes and places.
Development provides for the protection of historic and cultural heritage from inappropriate subdivision, use and development.
Protect and enhance natural character, natural features and landscapes, ecosystems and indigenous biodiversity.
Land use and development protects natural character, natural features and landscapes and ecosystems and promotes positive outcomes for indigenous biodiversity in the Waikato region.
Land use and development maintains the extent and, where possible, enhances ecological corridors.
Development enables and encourages waste minimisation and efficient use of resources through design and construction methods.
Buildings should be designed so they can be adapted in the future for a range of uses.
Development is designed to consider and adapt to the expected effects of climate change.
Development enables and encourages the efficient use of resources and recognises the benefits resulting from integrated land use planning.
Integrate Land Use, Transport and Infrastructure
Land use and development is integrated with the provision of infrastructure (including transport, Three Waters services and open space).
Development shall not compromise the safe, efficient and effective operation and use of existing or planned infrastructure.
Development allows for future infrastructure needs, including maintenance, upgrading and co-location where appropriate.
New development connects well with existing development and infrastructure.
Development does not result in incompatible adjacent land uses with respect to existing or planned infrastructure.
Rail, cycle, pedestrian, passenger transport and motorised vehicle networks are well connected and integrated across and beyond the City.
Development should promote strong connections to, and use of, passenger transport and active modes of transport.