November 22, 2012
Tainui tells neighbours to stay calm on inland port plan
Tainui Group Holdings says residents near its proposed inland port need to trust in the regulatory process.
The owners of about 30 Ruakura properties are calling for Tainui to build a 40-metre wide planted buffer to shield their properties from the development.
TGH chief executive Mike Pohio says Hamilton City Council has developed its proposed district plan, Tainui's plan can be formally put out for submissions and hearings will be held next year.
He says standards for things like noise, traffic movements and water quality will be set through the Resource Management Act process.
“We recognise that we need to operate to a particular level. How we do that can be prescribed in the first instance by our own plans and processes. The second instance is by regulatory requirements and in the third is by any conditions that are applied by the regulatory authority or in the first instance by the hearings commissioner.
Mike Pohio says while the planned Waikato Expressway won't be completed until the end of the decade, the completion of the eastern arterial route this month means early stage development of the port and supporting infrastructure is now possible.
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