Developer plans 56.7ha industrial park
Window systems supplier Architectural Profiles Ltd is looking to consolidate its multiple Hamilton sites into one major location at Hautapu, near Cambridge.
It will be one part of a major industrial precinct planned near Victoria Road, just north of the Waikato Expressway.
It will feature a modern, fully self-serviced campus, with cafes, child care facilities and a wellness centre to provide Cambridge with a new employment hub.
Developer Bardowie Investments is heading the project and applied to the Waipa District Council to rezone 26.7 hectare of land at the Hautapu site, from rural to industrial. It will neighbour another 30ha already set aside for industrial expansion in the council's district plan. Bardowie wanted to use the combined 56.7ha to develop the industrial park.
Consultancy firm, Mitchell Daysh, is acting on behalf of the developer. Its director Mark Chrisp said the project included a building, 400 metres long and 120 metres wide, for APL to bring all of its Hamilton operations under one roof.
The Hautapu site was big enough for it to relocate and set up for the future.
Once the APL building was completed, the balance of the industrial park area will eventually become available for other industries to set up shop.
Hautapu had been identified for expansion in the Waipa District Council's 2050 Growth Strategy. It's set for a three-stage release over the next seven years. The first release of land will be made in December 2018.
The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity said district councils must provide land for industrial development over the short, medium and long term.
"Modelling has been undertaken by the council to support the implementation of the national policy," said Chrisp. "The initial results showed there is a shortfall of business land for the medium term that will need to be met."
He said rezoning more industrial land, for the Bardowie Investments industrial park, would help the council meet that goal.
The council's planning and policy committee recently approved notification of Bardowie Investments request to rezone the extra industrial land. The application has been publicly notified and submissions close on September 7.