What’s happening in Waipā?
More people are calling Waipā home – and if population projections are correct - this won’t slow down any time soon.
Our Waipā 2050 Growth Strategy outlines where growth will happen and when. We take a staged approach to new developments so new industrial, commercial and residential areas are built with the right infrastructure in place at the right time, to help make it more affordable.
How do we plan for growth?
We try to balance growth across Cambridge and Leamington, to keep the business hub central as the town grows - but the largest growth areas will be in the northern and western Cambridge areas, as the growth cells are developed.
All this development won’t happen straight away. First, we need to consider if we are ready for development. Development does not proceed until we have certainty to these questions:
- Is a structure plan in place for the growth cell and has the associated consultation and adoption to the District Plan happened?
- Is the development in general accordance with the approved structure plan or any variance authorised by the Council in consultation with affected landowners?
- Are programmes and budgets in place for Council to provide the infrastructure or agreement between the Developer and Council / Infrastructure Provider?
- Is 20 percent more land available for development than our forecasted population demand at any given point in time as required by the National Policy Statement for Urban Development?
Planning done right
Before any development of land, house builds or creation of new roads, we plan how and where everything will go and what an area will look like. We call this a structure plan. It makes sure any new developments are connected with our established town areas in a well-designed, appealing and cohesive way.
Structure plans are typically developed for each growth cell individually, but with larger and nearby developments, Council will consider structure plans in tandem. This is what’s taken place in Cambridge as the stormwater and roading solutions are extensive, so benefit from having a wider lens.
Our community is consulted before each structure plan is finalised. Once the final version is adopted by Council, it goes into the District Plan through a Plan Change process.
We collect development contributions from developers during the development process, to help pay for the new infrastructure – this means growth pays for growth.
New subdivisions happen in a staged way.
First, Council installs the water and wastewater connections underground by upgrading any networks to support the growth cells. For example, the water and wastewater infrastructure along Cambridge Road to service the C2 and C3 land is being upgraded. We also secure the necessary land for public purposes to accommodate infrastructure such as roading and stormwater swales and reserve land so the developers can start the exciting part – making the subdivisions come to life.
Next, the developer takes over. This is when you start to see more activity. House and land packages are presented, new roads are built, and cycleways that connect to established paths are laid. Services like telecommunications and power are also installed.
By 2051, Cambridge's population is expected to reach 24,000, requiring 2,300 more houses. houses.
We’re also expecting an influx of new commercial and industrial businesses so we need somewhere for them to go.
Cambridge is the main centre of growth in Waipa. We're expecting over half of new Waipā residents will call Cambridge home by 2051 – which will require an estimated average of 212 more houses (or 18 hectares of land) every year.
We’re also working to rezone more industrial land and provide services in Hautapu, to accommodate new industries. Click on the banner above to learn more about where growth in Cambridge will occur.
By 2051 Te Awamutu and Kihikihi are expected to be home to 17,000 people. We've allocated 201ha of residential and large-lot residential land in Te Awamutu and Kihikihi, which would fit approximately 3,000 homes.
A mix of industrial, commercial and residential lots are being developed in Te Awamutu and Kihikihi. Click on the banner above to learn more about where growth in Te Awamutu will occur.
Waipā district is generally well serviced for the private housing market, with social and housing for the elderly covered by Council, Kainga Ora and other charitable social housing providers, such as Habitat for Humanity. The ‘middle’ or ‘affordable’ market is not currently well provided for in Waipā as our district has seen a rapid increase in housing prices over recent years.
National policy provides the framework which lenders must implement in accordance to, district councils set the planning guidelines, and developers undertake the building process. To sufficiently address the national issue of housing unaffordability, a nationally-led conservation to reset the framework that lenders, councils and developers operate to would first need to occur.
We are watching national discussions around affordable housing with keen interest and will be looking at what tools are available to us as part of planning for growth, to better promote, encourage or require affordable housing across the Waipā district.