The Future Proof Strategy is a 30-year growth management and implementation plan specific to the Hamilton, Waipa and Waikato sub-region. The Strategy provides a framework to manage growth in a collaborative way. The sub-region’s population is predicted to double over the next 50 years, so collective planning and action between government, residents and businesses is critical to the sub-region’s long term success. How the demand for housing and industrial land is managed, and how planning for the supporting infrastructure (such as roads and water treatment plants) occurs is vital to the future sustainability of the area.
The Future Proof Strategy was first adopted by the partners and launched by Prime Minster John Key and Kingi Tuheitia in 2009. The partners include Hamilton City Council, Waikato Regional Council, Waikato District Council, Waipa District Council, tāngata whenua and the New Zealand Transport Agency.
Since its adoption, Future Proof has been in an implementation phase. A number of actions have been completed, including embedding the Strategy in the Waikato Regional Policy Statement and in district plans.
In 2017 the partnership produced an updated Strategy, which takes into account a number of important changes which have occurred in the sub-region since 2009. The updated Strategy has a narrower focus than the original Strategy, leaving wider strategic planning matters to the Waikato Plan. The Strategy will be updated again in 2018/19 to factor in the new requirements of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity.
More information can be found at: www.futureproof.org.nz
Michelle White (Future Proof Co-ordinator)