Waipa’s Biggest Industrial Development Approved

Waipa District Council has cleared the way for the biggest industrial development project ever in Waipa history.

Council has approved a private plan change at Hautapu on the northern outskirts of Cambridge. The change will see 30 hectares of deferred industrial zone land and 26.7 hectares of rural zone land become a huge 56.7 hectare industrial zone, bordering the Waikato Expressway.

Within the zone 5.5 hectares has been ring fenced for a central hub for facilities like high-end visitor accommodation and a conference centre, a healthcare and childcare centre, research and development and a limited area for retail. No big box retailing is provided for.

The developer behind the private plan change is Bardowie Investments Ltd (BIL) owned by Waipa local Mitch Plaw. Plaw is a major shareholder of Architectural Profiles Ltd (APL), New Zealand’s largest manufacturer of aluminum windows and doors. APL has operated from industrial sites at Te Rapa in Hamilton since 1971.

Over a five-year period APL will move its operation to Cambridge, ultimately employing around 460 people with wages and salaries of around $26.5 million per year. Evidence presented during the hearing indicated the construction phase of the APL project will generate 43 on-site jobs, with wages and salaries estimated at around $3.2 million per annum. During the construction phase almost $4 million per year was expected to be spent with local businesses.

Beyond the land to be occupied by APL, the balance of the industrial development is expected to create 690 full time equivalent jobs and $39.8 million per annum in wages and salaries.