Planning for growth

The Future Proof Strategy is a 30 year growth management and implementation plan for the Hamilton, Waipa and Waikato sub-region. The Strategy is based on a number of guiding principles, across six interest areas: 

  1. Effective governance, leadership, integration, implementation and productive partnerships
  2. Diverse and vibrant metropolitan centre linked to thriving towns and rural communities and a place of choice - live, work, play, invest and visit
  3. Protection of natural environments, landscapes and heritage and a healthy Waikato River as the heart of the region's identity
  4. Affordable and sustainable infrastructure
  5. Sustainable resource use
  6. Effective and efficient tāngata whenua involvement

The Strategy is more than a document; it is a reflection of close working relationships between the partners. This united approach will help co-ordinate and guide decision making on sub-regional issues like population change, transport, water and the environment. 

Key features of the Strategy include: 

  • Increased densities in new residential development 
  • More intensive redevelopment of some existing urban areas. 
  • Supporting Hamilton City to be a vibrant and lively place that people want to live, work, play, invest and visit
  • Protection of the natural environment
  • Providing housing choice
  • Supporting opportunities to address housing affordability
  • Green spaces
  • Protection of versatile and productive rural land
  • Protection of future infrastructure corridors
  • Coordinating transport and land-use planning
  • Integrating land use, infrastructure and funding