Draft Future Proof Strategy May 2017

In 2009 the Future Proof partnership adopted the Future Proof Growth Strategy and Implementation Plan. Since adoption the Strategy has been in a period of implementation, with the partnership working with others to imbed the Strategy directions in other key strategic documents and processes.

Since 2009 there have been a number of important changes in the sub-region. The Waikato District has expanded its geographic area, the sub-region is more strongly influenced by interactions with Auckland and the Bay of Plenty, populations continue to grow, there is new policy direction from central government, to name but a few examples.

It is timely to update the Future Proof Strategy, to ensure that it is up to date, and takes into account present day and anticipated circumstances in the sub-region.

The partnership has produced a draft updated Strategy (May 2017). The draft Strategy sets out a vision and principles for managing growth in the sub-region, and the preferred settlement pattern for growth. It also identifies the further work that is needed to implement the Strategy.

Key features of the draft Strategy include:

  • A continuation of the existing Future Proof Strategy approach of achieving urban development within defined urban limits, and managing and restraining ongoing rural-residential subdivision pressures adjacent to major settlements, particularly around Hamilton.
  • A continuation of the key principles of the settlement pattern, including a commercial hierarchy, identified strategic industrial nodes, and residential density targets.
  • Inclusion of the northern Waikato areas of Pokeno and Tuakau, which became part of the Waikato District following the boundary adjustment in 2010.
  • An adjustment of the future land use demand and residential allocations arising from the 2013 Census, and the 2015 Future Proof Monitoring Report.
  • Consideration of the implications of the significant new and planned infrastructure projects, including the Southern Links project and the Waikato Expressway on urban form and the timing of urban growth.

Draft documents

The following links will take you to pdf versions of the draft documents:

Draft Future Proof Strategy May 2017

Draft Summary of the Future Proof Strategy

Supporting documents

The following documents have helped inform the draft Strategy. They provide important contextual and background information.

Future Proof Economic Evaluation Update

Future Proof Strategy Peer Review

A number of other background documents that have been produced for the Future Proof partners can be found by clicking here .

Consultation Process

Feedback period: 12 June – 21 July 2017


Click here to view all the submissions received to the draft Future Proof Strategy.

Click here to view Appendix B, Submission 25.


Public hearings were held on 28 and 30 August 2017 at Hamilton City Council Chamber. 

Click here to view the Hearings Report


Deliberations on submissions will be held on 30 October 2017. To view the Deliberations Report, please see 'Meetings and agendas'. 


If you have any questions on the consultation process, please contact Steve Rice:steve "at" or 07 846 5267.