It’s a big job, so we have identified 5 focus areas

1. Waters

Address our waters challenges by taking a boundaryless and 'best for river' approach to achieve the Te Ture Whaimana - Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River, and deliver Hamilton to Auckland Corridor Plan growth management objectives. 

2. Stronger corridor connections

Direct and (re)shape future urban growth along the corridor through significantly strengthened green open space and mass transit networks. 

3. Papakura-Pokeno sub-region

Support and unlock, where appropriate, the significant residential and employment development potential and iwi aspirations for this string of well-defined, rail-linked settlements through integrated growth management, funding and financing and key transformational projects.

4. River communities

Support community and iwi-led revitalisation and targeted growth that will realise the full value of the natural, transport, marae and recreational networks that braid the area together as an asset for its people and many others who can visit and travel through.

5. Hamilton-Waikato sub-region

Support and unlock the residential and employment potential and iwi aspirations for this fast-developing metropolitan area through joint planning, integrated growth management and key transformational projects.

6. New tools and options to unlock full potential

Supporting the realisation of development potential through the application of new planning, funding and financing tools and options for local authorities, iwi, central government, developers and landowners.

Key initiatives

There are 20 key initiatives, under the 5 focus areas:

  1. Designing and developing a cross-regional blue-green open space and recreational network.
  2. Piloting a new collective biodiversity off-setting tool.
  3. A rapid intercity rail service between Hamilton CBD and key locations in Auckland, in stages - starting with an initial interim rail service to start between Frankton and Papakura in 2020.
  4. Completion of respective Council structure or blueprint plans for Opaheke-Drury, Paerata-Pukekohe, Tuakau and Pokeno.
  5. Drury Future Urban Area (part of a proposed Crown-Auckland Council joint housing and urban work programme).
  6. Pokeno and surrounds spatial plan.
  7. Extend mass transit (rail and bus) from Papakura to Pukekohe and Pokeno.
  8. Alignment of agencies with the Waikato District Council blueprints adopted in June 2019.
  9. Meremere redevelopment.
  10. Huntly and surrounds spatial plan.
  11. Introducing peak and more frequent off peak bus services between towns.
  12. Joint Council-Crown-Iwi spatial plan for the Hamilton-Waikato Metro Plan area (Hamilton-Waikato Metro Spatial Plan).
  13. Metropolitan Mass Transit Plan.
  14. The Ngāruawāhia-Horotiu-Rotokauri-Te Rapa North-Te Kōwhai growth node.
  15. Hamilton CBD growth node.
  16. Ruakura and further east growth node.
  17. The Hautapu, Cambridge West, Peacocke and airport precinct growth node.
  18. A new metro mass transit (possibly including metro rail) network that connects all key growth nodes.
  19. Completion of the Hamilton-Waikato metropolitan roading network.
  20. New sub-regional waters, wastewater and stormwater solutions (Waikato Sub-Regional Three Waters Investigation).