Claudelands, Heaphy and Brooklyn plans

Since the turn of the century the population in Claudelands has grown at nearly twice the rate of housing construction in the area. There has been a 15.4% increase in people (2,649 in 2001 and 3,057 in 2018) and 7.9% increase in the number of homes (1,137 in 2001 and 1,227 in 2018).

The 2008 City Heart Revitalisation team explained the types of restrictions in place limiting further development:

‘Heaphy Terrace, although subject to the Claudelands West Character Area, is arguably degraded in certain points, which necessitates the need for a character review. Should this review determine that parts of Heaphy Terrace currently subject to heritage provisions are unjustifiably protected, support should be given to redeveloping these sites’.

The same City Heart team proposed building on the council land on the corner of  Brooklyn Rd and  Heaphy Tce, which presently only has a third of the land built on (0.4 ha of buildings, 1.3 ha total area)

The City heart revitalisation project was proposed in 2008. Now, a decade later, the city has the Event Centre and private investment has built The Roaming Giant. The Brooklyn Rd corner still has potential, but maybe there is a need to future-proof this land.

If you have ideas on where you would like the city to be in the next few decades, for the first half of next year the Hamilton-Waikato Spatial Planning team begin Community Engagement. They say that the mass transit network layer has the largest influence on development patterns.

‘Mass/Rapid transit forms the backbone of the transport network. It provides fast, frequent and high capacity services along corridors separated from general traffic and is therefore not affected by road congestion’

For more information, here is a link to the elected members’ briefing, 4 Dec 2019-12-09

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