Significant growth in Ngaruawahia and Horotiu, with a number of new developments underway.

On the corner of Horotiu Bridge Road and River Road, there are 10 rural-residential lots being developed. All lots are more than 5000m² in size and zoned ‘country living’.

Building has started at the Riverview Terraces subdivision, just south of Ngaruawahia on Great South Road. The subdivision has 39 residential lots and is situated beside the Waikato River and the Ngaruawahia Golf Course. Stage 1 has sold out. The Waikato District Council's proposed plan change 17 seeks to rezone some land in this area, some for residential purposes.

Future Proof, the Waikato Regional Growth Strategy, identifies Ngaruawahia and Horotiu as key growth areas and the industrial zoning will generate new employment opportunities.

More than 150 hectares of land has been allocated for industrial development in Horotiu: 56 hectares of land has been zoned for industrial development up to 2021, 84 hectares zoned for development between 2021 and 2041, and a further 10 hectares will be zoned for development after 2041.

Horotiu is home to Northgate, a 109ha business park. The business park is equi-distance from Auckland and Tauranga ports and its exceptional access to major road and rail links has been a major drawcard for Ports of Auckland, who purchased 33ha of land in Northgate for a Waikato-based freight hub.

Horotiu will also be home to the new Te Awa River Ride cycle bridge. The new suspension bridge over the Waikato River will be approximately 135m in length and is about 2km north of the existing Horotiu Bridge. It is due to open in February 2017.

When completed, the Te Awa trail will provide a continuous riverside cycling/walking path between Ngaruawahia and Hamilton and eventually to Horohora. The total length will be 70km.

Waikato District Council has recently uploaded the second edition of Growing Places, the Resource and Building Consents e-newsletter designed to give you latest statistics, helpful tips to assist with filling in consent applications and ‘must know’ information to help with consent processing. You can subscribe to the e-newsletter here.

  • View the October 2016 edition of Growing Places here.

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