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) and is now seeking public feedback. 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.