Southern route lost from Cherry LnMay 14th, 2012 | By Tamahere Forum | Category: Hot Topics, Latest News
Bollard Road and Cherry Lane residents, including the growing number of Tamahere Eventide residents will lose their direct route south once the Waikato Expressway is completed.
The NZ Transport Agency told the Tamahere Community Committee (TCC) at its May meeting that the expressway’s Hamilton southern interchange, which is centred on Cherry Lane, will now have no south-bound access ramps.
Instead, travellers heading south from Cherry Lane will have to use a network of local roads west of the State Highway and drive on to the highway at the more southern Tamahere interchange. They will be able to travel north into Hamilton via north-bound ramps.
The committee was concerned that people would be forced to take a convoluted route but a motion to oppose the removal of the south-bound ramps was defeated.
NZTA will be shortly lodging applications for resource consents for the project, expected to be completed in 2019. Click the following link to see the proposed design of the Hamilton southern interchange (pdf): Hamilton-southern-interchange-design-option-b
TCC continues to wrangle with the Waikato District Council over the funding of the proposed Tamahere village square or piazza on Devine Rd.
“Just as WDC funds the development and maintenance of other town centres, so it should for Tamahere too, and with no specially targeted rate,” the committee said.
TCC is keen for the proposed village centre to be a community-owned asset but the council would prefer it to be controlled by private property developers, the Forum has reported.
The Newell Rd Montessori School proposes to expand from 50 students to 100, with a resource consent hearing being held on Tuesday, May 15.
TCC expressed concern at the “haphazard” nature of planning for the unexpected expansion, which had the potential to impact on traffic volumes, roads, waste water and other infrastructure. It plans to make a submission on the proposal.
A range of TCC submissions can be viewed here.
The full minutes of TCC meetings are here.