October 2011

In this issue

What we've been doing

Hamilton  Stormwater  Expressway

Since the launch in September 2009, the Future Proof implementation team has been working on the 100-point plan to manage growth in the Future Proof sub-region - the Hamilton, Waikato and Waipa areas.

We have already achieved some major milestones, but more is yet to be done to manage the complex issues of future urban and rural land use, transport, natural and cultural resources, roads and essential infrastructure.

The Future Proof sub-region's population is predicted to double over the next 50 years so collective planning and action between government, residents and businesses is critical to the Waikato's long term success.

Rapid growth puts pressure on resources and the environment through such things as the need for roading, stormwater discharges, waste disposal facilities and subdivision.

Already, rural subdivisions for housing are creeping across the sub-region's high quality soils, reducing the area available for horticulture and pastoral farming by about the equivalent of two dairy farms a year.

In addition, dispersed settlement patterns in rural areas put pressure on rural transport networks and the arterial routes crossing these areas.

The Future Proof partners are: Waikato Regional Council, Hamilton City Council, Waipa District Council, Waikato District Council, tangata whenua and the NZTA.

The Future Proof e-Newsletter will be distributed bi-monthly to keep you up-to-date with our work to ensure the region continues to grow well and makes the most of sharing its resources.

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Key achievements to date

  • Input into the development of policies to embed the Future Proof Growth Strategy into the Proposed Regional Policy Statement (RPS).
  • A submission and presentation to the Waipa District Council on Plan Change 67 (an application by Meridian 37 Ltd), arguing that it would undermine Future Proof implementation provisions relating to industrial land provision and its efficient servicing.
  • A submission on Variation 16 to the Proposed Waikato District Plan supporting its intent, but seeking amendments to further protect productive land, avoid dispersed settlement patterns, and mitigate adverse effects on the transportation network.
  • Support for the Waikato Regional Council's Draft Regional Land Transport Strategy and Draft Regional Public Transport Plan.
  • Two related studies were carried out last year to inform and support the industrial land allocation tables in the Future Proof Growth Strategy. The tables identify the location and staging of industrial development in the sub-region.
  • The development of an Intensification Toolkit to help achieve and promote successful intensification of the built environment. This project was undertaken in parallel with a project being run by Hamilton City Council looking at its spatial plan and viability of intensification nodes for its District Plan Review.

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Planning ‘three waters' for the future

StormwaterA draft strategy which sets out how water, wastewaters and stormwater will be managed over the next 60 years has now been finalised for consideration by partner councils.

The Sub-Regional Three Waters Strategy aims to deliver integrated, sustainable and well-managed services for the Waikato sub-region. In turn, it will help to ensure the protection - and where possible the enhancement - of public health and environmental quality today and into the future.

The strategy will now be considered by the Hamilton City Council, Waipa District Council and Waikato District Council. It will then be reported to Future Proof for further discussion before being implemented.

Future Proof implementation advisor, Ken Tremaine, said completion of the draft technical report demonstrates how the Future Proof partners are working together to consider how, in the long term, they will deliver services in a more cost-effective way.

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Waikato expressway

ExpresswayFuture Proof partners have been working closely with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the design of the Waikato Expressway.

The $2.2 billion project is due for completion by 2019, with the new roading infrastructure to play an important role as a key national strategic corridor.

Future Proof's critical behind-the-scenes work ensures the expressway designs take into account future land use patterns, as well as the road's role in servicing the Upper North Island.

The multi-agency collaboration will help to ensure central government's objectives for the expressway are met. That is, travel times are reduced, fatal and serious injury crashes cut, traffic congestion reduced and economic growth supported.

The collaboration has also seen a hierarchy of interventions introduced to mitigate adverse effects of land use on the safety and efficient functioning of the expressway in the vicinity of Tamahere and Cambridge.

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Have your say

Have you got feedback on the work we've been doing? Please email Hannah Helleur with your comments or suggestions.

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