This project will
Increase our developing Peacocke road network
Better connect Peacocke to the rest of the city
Prioritise public transport, pedestrians and people on bikes
The yet-to-be-named east-west arterial road through Peacocke will connect to Peacockes Road in the east and Ohaupo Road/State Highway 3 in the west.
Stage one involved building a portion of the east section of the new road at the same time as the new roundabout on Ohaupo Road/State Highway 3 to provide access to a new housing development. This work was completed in late 2020.
Stage two will include completing the final section of the road to link up with Peacockes Road in the west. The design of the road is currently under way with work scheduled to begin in October 2022.
The new road will be fully open by mid-2024 to meet the needs of housing development in the area.
Peacocke is being built with the support of $290.4 million of the Government's Housing Infrastructure Fund, made up of a $180.3 million 10-year interest-free loan and $110.1 million of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency subsidies. The new east-west road is budgeted to cost $34 million.
As part of building a new community in Peacocke we need to consider how we can best allow people to move around by walking, biking, bus or car. We need to think about how we can do this safely for all road users and how these new transport corridors will connect with the streets and paths we already have.
April 2022Completed the design of the new arterial roading including new wetland areas, stormwater connections, and access to new residential and commercial developments.
October 2022We'll start construction of the new roading network in late 2022.
Mid-2024The new road will be fully open by mid-2024 to meet the needs of housing development in the area.
The new road will provide an essential link for residents in Peacocke to move safely and conveniently through the new neighbourhood.
Council is developing the Southern Links transport network within the Peacocke area. Developing this much-needed network meant an exhaustive consultation and planning process over many years, and discussions with all landowners.
As part of that process, Council has now acquired, or reached agreement regarding, all the required land within the designated transport corridors. One such piece of land sits within a property on Hall Road, marketed as "Shaw's Bird Park'.
The agreed route for the road crosses two sections of the property and avoids the majority of the ponds and planting.
The Shaws were part of the consultation process that decided where the future road was going to be.
They supported a road in this area in their submissions on a structure plan in 2007, and in 2014 wrote to the Council as part of their submission on the road, congratulating the project for its foresight. The Shaws' submission noted this section of the road cut through their property and requested Council look at compensation and an underpass.
In November 2021 the Environment Court dismissed, in all respects, an objection by the Shaws under the Public Works Act. The Court was satisfied the initial evaluation process for the road was wide-ranging, comprehensive, and robust, and was in accordance with recognised good practice. Adequate consideration was given to ecological effects and optional routes. The Court was satisfied Council gave adequate and genuine consideration to alternatives, including an alternative later identified by the Shaws, and observed the Council was clear in its desire to work in good faith through the process.
The road route and its associated designation has been finalised. Following the Environment Court process the land for the road was gazetted by proclamation of the Governor-General in early 2022 and is now owned by Council.
The Southern Links network is a critical piece of work to enable much-needed housing and connectivity in Peacocke. Council is working to successfully deliver this project in a way which works with landowners and the general public, provides safe working sites for our staff and contractors, achieves the best environmental outcomes and is fair on our wider ratepayers.
The property owners have been aware for plans for the road for many years. They previously applied for a residential subdivision consent which, if progressed, would have been supported by the new road. The new road will also provide services that will enable subdivision of their other adjoining land.
The Southern Links process started in 2011 and evaluated a wide range of network options, identified three broad networks, and narrowed these down over time to the preferred option. The process took more than four years and $4.5M jointly funded by the Council and NZ Transport Agency. Independent commissioners considered these issues and made their decision after full public consultation. The property owners were actively involved in this process.
The Environment Court has confirmed Council's planning and consultation approach has been robust and well thought out.
The East-West Rd is a normal suburban road, one lane each way, like Te Aroha St or Borman Rd, but with improved pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.
The road will be approximately 26m wide. That includes around 10m for one traffic lane each way and a painted median to provide space for turning and pedestrian refuge islands, 5m each side for shared paths and berms, and 2m each side for on-road cyclists.
In cuttings and embankments, the footprint is wider and can include landscape planting and stormwater devices.
Council representatives have been in contact with the property owners or their representatives many, many times in the past few years. The Council has paid for the property owners to obtain their own valuations and legal advice. The Environment Court decision acknowledged Council's effort to work constructively with the property owners. Council continues to seek a negotiated solution.
An online petition has carried incorrect information. The petition wording has changed several times since it was started. It is not clear how many of the signatories signed the current version or are aware information they were reacting to was not correct.
Our work in Peacocke is not only Hamilton's biggest investment in growth, but it's also the city's biggest-ever investment in the environment. The environment is at the heart of everything we do.
When Peacocke is complete it will include a multi-million-dollar investment to protect and enhance our natural taonga, green spaces and biodiversity.
Hamilton is experiencing very high growth and projections show the city is well on its way to having more than 200,000 people living there.
Peacocke was officially included within Hamilton's boundary in 1989 and has long been planned as a key growth area for the city, along with Rototuna and Rotokauri.
Over the next 10 years, Peacocke is projected to deliver a third of Hamilton's medium-term housing needs and 26% of Hamilton's long-term housing needs. Our work is about making sure we have the right infrastructure in place (like roads and water pipes) to support this growth and help develop an attractive and sustainable community that our city can be proud of. Developers pay their share of this infrastructure through Development Contributions.
The Council is absolutely committed to working with mandated iwi organisations including Waikato-Tainui and the five local hapuu in the area. All the Council's work in the area is done with an understanding of cultural and heritage issues and follows significant research, approvals and protocol agreements with iwi organisations.
Council and Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency included mandated mana whenua and Waikato-Tainui in the assessment of Southern Links route options. This process led to a designated network that avoided significant sites, including known urupaa, and paa such as Whatukoruru Paa, Kairokiroki Paa and Nukuhau Paa.
Last updated 30 August 2022