Private Plan Change 15 – Tuumata opened for submissions in April and May this year. A summary of submissions and copies of original submissions were made available in June and July.

Further submissions for Private Plan Change 15 reopened on Wednesday 25 October to allow people to submit on an original submission not included in the summary of submissions.

Further submissions closed on Friday 10 November 2023.

View the proposed changes on our e-plan

What's Private Plan Change 15?

Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) has requested a change to Hamilton's District Plan to rezone about 68ha in the Ruakura Structure Plan to allow for housing. Plans have been made for about 1200 homes and will enable a range of home designs and pricing.

More than a third of the 68ha site will be set aside as wetlands and swales to manage stormwater. Provision has also been made for a shopping centre and a supermarket. The Tuumata block is located between the Fifth Avenue extension and the AgResearch campus.

The proposed changes to the District Plan include:

  • Changing the zone from Ruakura Industrial Park to General Residential to provide for a range of housing options.
  • Changing the zone from Ruakura Industrial Park to Business 6 to allow for a neighbourhood centre.
  • Correcting a zoning anomaly that applies to Council-owned lane – a small strip adjoining the area in the south will be rezoned from Ruakura Industrial to Knowledge Zone.
  • Incorporation of a new structure plan for the Tuumata Residential Precinct.
  • Including additional rules to implement the Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS).

When is this happening?

18 April 2023

Submissions open

17 May 2023

Submissions close

12 June 2023

Further submissions open

10 July 2023

Further submissions close



On hold

Notification of the plan change decision and the plan change becomes operative.


Frequently asked questions

What's a private plan change?

Private plan changes can be used to change or introduce new rules into the District Plan to do things like rezone land or list heritage buildings. Anyone can request a private plan change.

All private plan changes are required to go through public notification, submissions and hearings processes, including the right of appeal to the Environment Court.  Council manages the administration of this.

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Last updated 18 April 2023