Project summary

What we’re doing

We want Rotokauri to be a community that’s easy to live in and sustainable so future transport connections and how water is managed, are an important part of developing this area of the city.  We’ve been working on where future roads and infrastructure networks such as water, wastewater and stormwater will go in the area and what they might look like. 

In 2009, the Rotokauri Structure Plan was updated to indicate the likely routes for roading, and the location of community facilities to support residential and commercial development in the area. This project has taken these plans to the local community and landowners and created more detailed plans for the roads and waters networks.  

To support the planned residential and commercial development in Rotokauri, the project includes: 

  • a north south minor arterial road in Rotokauri 
  • road connections to existing roads such as Te Kowhai East Road and Chalmers Road 
  • realignment of Arthur Porter Drive 
  • essential elements and key connections for public transport, walking and cycling 
  • stormwater wetlands and nearby green spaces that will connect to the future Rotokauri greenway

Why we’re doing this

Confirming and protecting the future strategic road and waters networks is a critical step in providing certainty for the future development of Rotokauri.

This project will

  • Future-proof transport connections for long-term growth

  • Plan for infrastructure such as water, wastewater and stormwater networks

  • Focus on public transport, walking and cycling options

Programme blueprint

Work is under way to plan for the transport and infrastructure network in Rotokauri. Council has lodged a Notice of Requirement (NOR), under the Resource Management Act, to protect the land needed from activity that could hinder the project and its future construction.   

Over the past three years, we’ve been talking with affected landowners and engaging with the Rotokauri community to create plans for the future transport and waters networks.  
In 2022, Council endorsed entering into the formal NOR process. 
In September 2023, Hamilton City Council  lodged the Rotokauri Arterial Network NOR as the Requiring Authority. The NOR has interim effect from 18 September 2023.

View the NOR land outline and scope of works

View the outline of the NOR online via the ePlan map. You can search for your property address then select ‘Designations (Schedule 26.3 - Volume 1)’ under District Plan Features 

Project features

  • Safer for people on bikes

    Planned roads include separated bike paths and cycle lanes.
  • Green space

    Street landscaping and planted stormwater wetlands will provide more green space for the future community, make the area more attractive.
  • A better gateway

    Rotokauri is the gateway for the Hamilton to Auckland corridor, so planning for these future connections is key.

Where we're at with progress

  • Stage 1 - Planning

    April 2022

    Talking with affected landowners and engaging with the Rotokauri community to create plans for the future transport and waters networks.
  • Stage 2 - Underway

    September 2023

    Hamilton City Council as the Requiring Authority lodged a Notice of Requirement (NOR) to protect the land where these future roads and infrastructure are…
  • Stage 3 - Completed

    2024 - 2025

    Hamilton City Council, as the Territorial Authority, will formally notify the NOR for submissions, seeking feedback from affected landowners and the wider…

Frequently asked questions

Will Council purchase my land inside the designation?

Council staff have reached out to most landowners that have previously enquired about land acquisition within the proposed designation area. We can meet with impacted landowners and discuss the land acquisition process. Any interest in early land acquisition affected by the future designation can be forwarded to the Communication, Consultation and Property Liaison Manager.

What is the plan for the surrounding land in Rotokauri?

To support growth in the Rotokauri area, the Rotokauri Structure Plan was developed to provide a high-level indication of the likely routes for roading and the location of community facilities (Rotokauri greenway project) that will support residential and commercial development within the area over the next 20-30 years.

What is a Requiring Authority?

A Requiring Authority, is an organisation like a city council, Government entities or utility operators specifically identified under the Resource Management Act as a Requiring Authority who have responsibilities which include planning for and delivering public works. Under the Resource Management Act, the Requiring Authority has the power to designate – identify an area or land – that will be required for public works like roads or other projects.  

For this project, Hamilton City Council is the Requiring Authority.   

What is a Notice of Requirement?

A Notice of Requirement (NOR) is the application process for a designation - land or an area identified - for public works. The NOR is prepared by a Requiring Authority and identifies the land required for the works, project purpose and scope. The NOR is generally supported by technical and evaluative reports and assessments. The NOR is lodged with the Territorial Authority and processed in accordance with the Resource Management Act 

What is a Territorial Authority?

Hamilton City Council, as a city council is a Territorial Authority. We’re responsible for local land use management including updating the District Plan – the guide and rule book for development in Hamilton. To manage perceived and actual conflicts we have separate teams within Council doing the roles and responsibilities of Territorial Authority and Requiring Authority.  

What is a designation?

An area identified in a district plan for future public works, like schools, or roads, is known as a designation. There can be various designations across a city or area that protect the land and allow the planned projects to go ahead in the future. If a Notice of Requirement is approved by the Territorial Authority, then the designation is confirmed and included in the district plan.  


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Last updated 15 April 2024