Waipā’s biggest industrial development approved

14/12/2018 9:00 a.m.

​14 December 2018 

Waipa District Council has cleared the way for the biggest industrial development project ever in Waipā history.

​Council announced today it has approved a private plan change at Hautapu on the northern outskirts of Cambridge. The change will see 30 hectares of deferred industrial zone land and 26.7 hectares of rural zone land become a huge 56.7 hectare industrial zone, bordering the Waikato Expressway.  

Within the zone 5.5 hectares has been ringfenced for a central hub for facilities like high-end visitor accommodation and a conference centre, a healthcare and childcare centre, research and development and a limited area for retail. No big box retailing is provided for.

The developer behind the private plan change is Bardowie Investments Ltd (BIL) owned by Waipā local Mitch Plaw. Plaw is a major shareholder of Architectural Profiles Ltd (APL), New Zealand’s largest manufacturer of aluminum windows and doors. APL has operated from industrial sites at Te Rapa in Hamilton since 1971.

Today’s green light means over a five-year period APL will move its operation to Cambridge, ultimately employing around 460 people with wages and salaries of around $26.5 million per year. Evidence presented during the hearing indicated the construction phase of the APL project will generate 43 on-site jobs, with wages and salaries estimated at around $3.2 million per annum. During the construction phase almost $4 million per year was expected to be spent with local businesses.

Beyond the land to be occupied by APL, the balance of the industrial development is expected to create 690 full time equivalent jobs and $39.8 million per annum in wages and salaries.  

In its evidence, BIL said Hautapu was “the perfect fit in terms of scale, location, infrastructutre and servicing and the ability to create a significant connection with the local community”.

Work on the development will begin almost immediately with APL expected to move part of its operation to Hautapu in 2020. The second stage in 2021 will accommodate APL expansion and the development of the central hub. A final stage three is expected to be released in 2024. 

The private plan change proposal initially attracted 23 submissions, most in support. Eight submitters opposed the proposal in part, which resulted in some amendments to the original proposal.  

Waipā mayor Jim Mylchreest said the process had been fair and thorough and he believed the new industrial park would be welcomed by the community. The Cambridge Community Board and Cambridge Chamber of Commerce supported the development and discussions had already begun on how it might positively impact other parts of the town.

“This will enable a very well-planned, well-executed industrial development in such a way that will provide huge advantages for our district both immediately during the construction stage and well into the future,” he said.

“Waipā is facing massive growth and our challenge is to manage it well. This a very good example of doing that, and of working constructively with the business community to develop the right facilities at the right time.”

​The plan change application process was open to the public and heard before a Hearing Panel made up of Waipa District Councillors Bruce Thomas (Chair), Clare St Pierre and Liz Stolwyk plus iwi representative Lee Tane.​

Caption: Artist’s impressions of the first building APL intend constructing on the new industrial zone at Hautapu, north of Cambridge.

Artist impression of APL building

Artist impression of APL building

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