It is guided by the proposed Waikato Regional Policy Statement and the Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River.
The Hamilton Plan 2014 is the Mayor’s and Council’s vision for Hamilton over the next decade and it includes connecting the city to the river as one of its ten priorities.
The Council’s new District Plan recognises the importance and significance of the river corridor. It provides a greater focus on riverside development and a strong river’s edge theme and identifies a specific riverside precinct with appropriate development rules. It also includes chapters on the importance of the natural environment and recognises the Waikato River as an asset of national significance and a distinguishing feature of the city.
The majority of the river corridor is designated as reserve land under the Reserves Act. There are a number of Reserve Act Management Plans (such as for the Hamilton Gardens) that guide development of specific areas.
The Council’s Open Spaces Plan, Hamilton Gardens Vision and Access Hamilton Transport Plan are plans that recognise the importance of connections to the river and the environment in the river corridor.
The Council is currently finalising the Central City Transformation Plan (CCTP) which is a plan focus on regeneration of the central city. Some of the potential projects in the River Plan will impact on the successful delivery of outcomes in this CCTP.
The Council is also currently finalising a Bike Plan, which is a 30-year vision for cycling in Hamilton. There are many crossover projects with the River Plan.
The Council will start work in 2015 on a Hamilton East Neighbourhood Plan that will need to take into account the objectives for Hamilton East in the River Plan.
Hamilton’s Economic Development Plan Stage 2, currently under development, will provide a framework and projects for delivering economic growth in the city. This will achieve the council’s priority of the third city economy in New Zealand. This Plan will support the objectives in the River Plan.
The Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River (the Vision and Strategy) is the direction-setting document for the river, administered by the Waikato River Authority. The Vision and Strategy forms part of the Waikato Regional Policy Statement and must, under the Resource Management Act 1991, be given effect through the plans administered by regional and territorial authorities along the river. Its vision is for a future where a healthy river sustains abundant life and prosperous communities who, in turn, are all responsible for restoring and protecting the health and wellbeing of the river, and all it embraces, for generations to come.
“Healthy River” is a principle in the River Plan which explicitly supports the Vision and Strategy. This principle has motivated a number of River Plan which support the following Objectives from the Vision and Strategy document:
Projects or activities in the River Plan must be consistent with the following principles.