BBO has provided planning services for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Church) for its 35-hectare Temple View site since 2012.  The BBO planning team has successfully assisted the Church to change the zoning of the land, alter the Hamilton City/Waipa District boundary to encompass the entire site, and consent the complete refurbishment of the site to accommodate religious, community and residential activities.  The BBO engineering team has provided detailed design for all infrastructure works on-site including the upgrade of Tuhikaramea Road, all bulk and infrastructure earthworks, stormwater management, water and wastewater design, land surveying and structural engineering inputs.

The challenge

In early 2012, the Church came to BBO seeking assistance with its land at Temple View. The Church needed to re-imagine the community, its functions and sustainability without Church College. They needed assistance to develop a vision for the future of the 35-hectare former school site and to plan and design a renewal of the site to accommodate several Church, community and residential developments.

BBO quickly mobilised its planning, infrastructure, structural and surveying resources to assist the Church to realise its vision for the site which was to “regenerate Temple View while retaining the special character of the village in a manner that is economically, environmentally, socially and culturally sustainable”. 

The team came up with a series of design solutions that satisfied engineering and environmental requirements whilst enabling good design outcomes.   The BBO team worked closely with Hamilton City Council to create a Temple View Zone for the site. The Zone is designed to retain the special character of Temple View while enabling the development of community and residential uses. 

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The outcome

The Temple View project was commended by the Hamilton City Council Urban Design Panel as a “high-quality development proposition, which is comprehensively aligned with Vista design principles and expectations”.   The BBO team has worked seamlessly to provide the technical expertise necessary to deliver on the Temple View project for the Church along with other external experts such as urban designers, landscape architects and heritage architects.  The Temple View Project won the 2020 Integrated Planning and Investigations Award from the New Zealand Planning Institute.

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Project update

BBO’s planning team continue to work closely with the Church on the residential phase of this project, providing policy and consenting advice.  The team have been assisting the Church with updating their consents to reflect the latest masterplan layouts and progressively developing the site in subdivision stages.  Stage 1A is now fully built with 20 homes completed, while Stage 1B is almost completed (the house and land packages are sold out). On completion, the Temple View project will accommodate approximately 300 homes in a masterplanned community which includes public open spaces, comprehensive landscaping, and a series of planted treatment wetlands and swales to convey stormwater from the site to the Legacy Park ponds. 

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Legacy Park, showing a pedestrian path zig zagging through the landscape.

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Legacy Park, showing a pedestrian shelter near the heritage listed GRB building.

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Legacy Park, showing a pedestrian crossing over a new lake connecting to Koromatua Stream.

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Legacy Park, showing a pedestrian pathway around a new lake.

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Retained significant trees and landscape amenity in Legacy Park.

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Carpark adjacent to the LDS Hamilton Stake Centre.

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Colourful street lighting along Tuhikaramea Road.