Corner development to go ahead as traffic fears resolved
A multimillion-dollar mixed-use development for a botanic showcase corner in Rototuna is to go ahead after its planners smoothed concerns about traffic issues.
Trig Developments said an independent commissioner acting for Hamilton City Council has consented to the project, which will include apartments, retail stores, offices and hospitality on a one-hectare site on the corner of Horsham Downs and Thomas roads.
Traffic issues that forced the first hearing of Trig's resource consent application were resolved after the company bought a neighbouring property and moved the entrance to the development further east along Thomas Rd.
The commissioner wants more of the large trees on the site retained. In addition to new plantings, at least 10 existing trees have to be kept, including a mature plane tree on a front corner.
Trig spokeswoman Joan Forret, of Harkness Henry Lawyers, said it was hoped to have the development open for business before the end of next year.
The plan calls for a family restaurant, a cafe and boutique retail stores.
"We have put a lot of thought into how we can make this a landmark development for Rototuna. The buildings will be quite striking as they will front on to the street and have a cafe and restaurants spilling out on to north-facing al fresco dining areas," said Dr Forret.
"We have been really encouraged by the support of the Rototuna community ... locals keep telling us they want a development that has a vibrant village feel to it and that will be a neighbourhood meeting place ..." she said.
The commissioner asked for the new buildings and gardens to be aligned so more of the existing trees were retained.
Other conditions of consent include mitigation of noise, glare and traffic effects. Traffic modelling had shown that the new centre would improve the existing traffic environment.
A McDonalds restaurant and a garden centre are to be built on the corner opposite the development.
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