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Regional planning and forecasting

The Waikato region is a dynamic region with increasing and changing demands on its natural and physical resources. Some of the key growth and development pressures are:

  • rapidly increasing population in parts of the region
  • urban areas and rural residential development
  • increasing demand (including from the Auckland region) for services such as landfills, water supply, prisons and quarries
  • land use change such as conversions of forests to dairy farms
  • increasing freight and passenger transport on roads
  • increasing demand for the region’s energy resources and infrastructure
  • increasing coastal development.

It's Waikato Regional Council's job to help manage these issues, and also to plan for our region's future growth and development.

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Policies and plans

Waikato Regional Council's Strategic Direction

Growth strategies

Coromandel Blueprint

Shore Futures

Future Proof

Integrated catchment management plans (district)

Upper North Island Strategic Alliance (UNISA)

Transport planning