Bryant – Hybrid Oriented Development (HOD) part 1

You will find some of the best cafés in Hamilton within a walking distance of Bryant Rd and the Sunshine Ave/Te Rapa intersection. During the day, there are plenty of people visiting them.

Historically, people have lived near where they work. In the Middle Ages, it has been said that ‘Every house was a miniature factory’ (Simon Winder, Danubia, p142). The industrial age of coal, with unrestrained cartels employing and housing people under laissez-faire sanitary standards, made many cities unhealthy. As a result, regulations were introduced in many countries, similar to this local one: ‘For the protection of residential property … residential uses shall … be excluded from industrial zones’ (HCC District Scheme 1960s. Page 3). However, hotels were permitted in industrial zones under this District Scheme (p40 see end of post). Maybe we can think a bit deeper about mixed use within an area like Bryant. Maybe apartments could be a Controlled Activity to increase passive security during the night?

Many of the factors that made industrial cities unhealthy are now managed. Land use in the Bryant area has been changing for decades without affecting the rights of existing land users. It should be expected there will always be will always noise, vibration, heavy trucks … – and people – in the Bryant area.

Bryant began its change from rural to industrial and commercial in the 1960s (https://retrolens.co.nz/). Many of the 1970s buildings have now being repurposed to retail and this is not preventing the continuation of existing uses. Is it possible that over the next half century Bryant will change again, as it did in the 20th century?

Hamilton District Scheme 1960s Zoning page 3
Hamilton District Scheme 1960s Industrial page 40

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