Growth and investment in Pukete may have reached the limit of what Hamilton’s district plan encourages; only 6 mesh block areas show population growth. Sixteen show falls in population, and one shows zero change.
With respect to changes in age, only one mesh block has attracted younger people. A minority of blocks are ageing at a similar rate to Hamilton city as a whole, but most are ageing more rapidly. A trend of the same type is happening with change in income; there are a small number of income earners that are doing well, but many do not appear to be getting the income increases most Hamilton workers are getting.
Looking at the NZ Statistic Map census data with regard to changes in numbers of households, we find zero change in the number of households in the area between Pukete Rd and Wairere Drive this century (675 in 2001 – 675 in 2013). In Pukete west only 15 new households have been added this century (801 in 2001 – 816 in 2013). Even with this small change in the number of households there are roughly 200 fewer people living here. Put another way, there is infrastructure that could support 65 or more households, which is being under-used.
The question of change has been put to the council as part of the proposed district plan submissions, by the Property Council New Zealand.
reduction in the minimum site area for a detached residential unit from 400m2 to between 350m2 and 375m2. The justification being to enable the release of underutilized residential land for development; and to enable more infill housing development to occur
The council planner’s response was
However, they do not justify their assumptions. Full analysis would be required to consider all aspects of how intensification of residential development throughout the residential general zone at such a density would impact on the city’s infrastructure
For a lay person it doesn’t seem hard to analyse the “impact on the city’s infrastructure,” knowing the area’s infrastructure was put in place to support more people than are using it now.
The submission can be found here:
Hamilton City Proposed District Plan – Section 42A Hearing Report – 15, 16, 17 October 2013
Report on Submissions and Further Submissions – Chapter 4 Residential Vol 1 – Appendix 3 Vol 2
Page 167 – Property Council New Zealand (938.027), PRS Planning Services Limited (929.026)