Peachgrove land use and neighbourhood

Census New Zealand uses the Peachgrove statistical area as a buffer between Enderley, Claudelands, Hamilton East, and Greensboro (University). As shown below, Census NZ has moved the boundary east from the 2013 Peachgrove census area. The people of Peachgrove, when compared with Hamilton as a city, are now older, poorer, and less likely to own the home they are living in.

The Peachgrove area allows high density housing for older people in places like Hilda Ross Retirement Village, with over 5,000 people per km2  (source – Koordinates). It is possible to assume, on the basis of the past use of land, that more retirement village housing may return to the corner of Peachgrove Rd/East St and opposite the rail crossing. However, if this is the only type of housing being added to Peachgrove area, its median age and income will continue to reflect a place that excludes younger people.

Nevertheless, Peachgrove is a good example in many ways, with a mixture of housing in an area south of Ruakura Road; here you find housing to suit older and younger people, and families, as well as both old and new single- and multi-storey dwellings.

Land use is mixed, with people living within walking distance of shops and services. However, more of the shorter streets should have safer speeds so that the spaces can become multi-use (e.g. play streets); the idea that motor vehicles should be able to travel at 50kmh on these short stretches of road makes them dangerous for other uses.

It was proposed to allow more residential intensification near Five Cross Roads, but this was pulled back as an *‘investigation in the city’s infrastructure capacity for this area was not ascertained.’ The City’s Urban Design Planner advised that there is *‘still capacity in the area for more intensification, so the Short, Pearson and Daisy area was removed from the intensification area’.

*Report on Submissions and Further Submissions Ch 4 Residential Vol 1. App 3 Vol 2 P50

APPENDICES A – F
Of Report on Submissions and Further Submissions Ch 4 Residential Vol 1. App 3 Vol 2 P280

Today we have a housing crisis in which we have rental costs growing faster than incomes. Above is a small example of how the city council allowed housing supply to be suppressed. In Peachgrove, the supply has been good for high-density aged persons’ housing, which has been allowed, yet housing for the city’s younger people, who can least afford it, has been omitted.

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Boundary Rd – Fifth Ave traffic predictions

Hamilton’s long-term plans have included funding for changes to Hamilton’s Cross City Connector, but, safety improvements are needed sooner. The first of these is planned for the Heaphy Tce/Boundary Rd roundabout in February 2021.  More safety improvements are needed along its length. What is not needed for the foreseeable future is land purchases to widen the road for more motor vehicle lanes. The MAUNSELL | AECOM assessment reports the following:

On Boundary Road, ‘parking could be prohibited … in favour of cyclists and to reduce potential hindrance to traffic … four lanes could be accommodated by widening the carriages to 16m in place of the grass verges … The current predictions are that such treatments would not be necessary for about 40 years’.

Preliminary Engineering Assessment East Hamilton Arterial (E1) [Wiarere Drive] Maunsell Ltd (AECOM) July 2005

Fifth Avenue ‘will be able to cater satisfactorily for all road users until at least 2046’

Preliminary Engineering Assessment East Hamilton Arterial (E1) [Wiarere Drive] Maunsell Ltd (AECOM) July 2005

In 2013, as part of the Ruakura Board of Inquiry, Opus modelled traffic flow predictions for 2041. The predicted traffic flow for Boundary road is lower than the 2046 prediction of 22,500 vpd, as predicted by MAUNSELL | AECOM.

Waikato Expressway Hamilton Section Notice of Requirement to Alter the Designation Nov 2013. page 196

In 2013 NZTA also published 2041 traffic flow predictions which included the built southern links. They predicted this would add an additional 700 vehicles per day (vpd) on Boundary road.

Fifteen years ago, the MAUNSELL | AECOM report told our city leaders to improve traffic flow through Boundary Rd and Fifth Avenue, recommending that ‘parking could be prohibited … in favour of cyclists and to reduce potential hindrance to traffic,’ and that there needed to be ‘better crossing facilities for pedestrians.’ The need to follow this advice has not changed.

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