Rotorua Airport CIP Applications

In December 2017 Rotorua Lakes Council issued a Letter of Expectation outlining a series of priorities for Rotorua Regional Airport Limited to be delivered under its Statement of Intent. One priority was to “Build non-aviation revenue and optimise existing assets, including unlocking the potential of the unused Airport land”.

In March 2020, the Crown Infrastructure Partners invited organisations to submit “Shovel Ready Projects” for funding assistance. Two projects – the Airport Industrial / Business Park and Hangar Park were submitted. These projects reflecting the work which had already been undertaken by the Airport over the past two and a half years and are signalled in the Rotorua Airport Master Plan, which sets out the way we plan to develop the Airport to ensure both current requirements and potential future needs, are accounted for. A decision is expected by late May 2020.

Airport Hangar Park

The project is to develop an area of land into a comprehensive hangar park that can be used for a variety of aviation purposes, as well as light industry type activities such as storage. This is an important project for the Airport, as in the aviation industry it has been proven that a successful hangar development is one of the key ways to enhance financial security at airports.

The project is about the optimisation of underutilised land which has clear public benefit important for two key reasons – it will unlock new income stream while also giving the Airport the ability to accommodate a variety of uses beyond aviation such as light industrial activities and storage.

This is important for Rotorua as it would bring much needed industrial land to the Rotorua market which is currently undersupplied. There is simply no “ready-to-go” fit for purpose industrial land and this would provide an attractive location for many commercial/industrial activities. The project elements are;

  • Earthworks
  • Three waters infrastructure + power + fibre.
  • Roading
  • Lighting
  • Amenity enhancements such as planting, pavement design etc.
  • Hangar construction – different typologies based on demand

The project is shovel ready because the project has been underway for over two years and:

  • It is proofed through a comprehensive master planning and business case process.
  • The area identified to be developed for hangars is specifically designated for that purpose under the Rotorua District Plan.
  • The development of the Airports land is also identified as a key component in supporting growth in the Rotorua Lakes Council Spatial Plan.
  • There has been developed design of the precinct lay-out plus four different preliminary plans for hangars. Preliminary civils design has been also been undertaken.
  • Early engagement with civil contractors and traditional building contractors has been undertaken and an RFP to secure a preferred contractor(s) is about to go to market.

Planning Context

The RMA and planning regulatory environment the airport operates within largely allows for a range of complementary activities to the airport and its surrounding environment. This is because of an airport designation, which allows for a wide variety of aviation related land uses and activities. The Airport is also zoned as Industrial in the District Plan (parts are Industrial Zone 1, others are Industrial 1E).These zones enable a wide variety of business, industry, and manufacturing activities to be established on site

Please note: Business Case / Feasibility / Procurement Plan and Pricing Schedules withheld due to commercial sensitivity.

General Aviation, Heliport, Tourism, Business and Industry Business Park

This project aims to provide much needed industrial / business land in Rotorua located at the Airport. It is about making the best use of under utilised land, which has clear public benefit – not only will it unlock additional income sources as well bringing much needed industrial land to Rotorua. There is simply no “ready-to-go” fit for purpose industrial land of scale which can accommodate a wide variety of types and scales of businesses. The project elements are;

  • Earthworks
  • Three waters infrastructure + power and fibre.
  • Roading
  • Lighting
  • Amenity enhancements such as planting, pavement design etc.

The development is shovel ready because the project has been underway for over two years and:

  • It is proofed through a comprehensive master planning and business case process.
  • The area identified to be developed as an industrial / business park is zoned for that purpose under the Rotorua District Plan.
  • The development of the land is also identified as a key component in supporting growth in the Rotorua Lakes Council Spatial Plan.
  • There is a master plan and design and procurement are at a ready stage for delivery.

The industrial / business park is optimally located only 10 minutes from the Rotorua CBD, has direct access onto State Highway 30, and is just one hour to Tauranga and the Port of Tauranga via the Tauranga Eastern Link Expressway. The uses and businesses being targeted for the business park will complement the airport activities and are not anticipated to impact the viability of the CBD.

Please note: Business Case / Feasibility / Procurement Plan and Pricing Schedules withheld due to commercial sensitivity.

 

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