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Mahere Whaituā o Ōtūmoetai

Ōtūmoetai Spatial Plan

The Ōtūmoetai Spatial Plan, Te Mahere Takiwā mō Ōtūmoetai 2023 – 2050, guides our future development on the peninsula. Created with community input, the plan sets out the projects to support their well-being between now and 2050.

The outcomes, directions and actions identified in the plan are informed by three ‘pou’ prepared in partnership with mana whenua, which are the key values that recognise the past, present and future of the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula.

You can find the plan and map of Ōtūmoetai Peninsula below.

Ōtūmoetai Spatial Plan (18mb pdf) Ōtūmoetai Peninsula map (569kb pdf)

You can read a summary of what our community told us in the Engagement Summary Report.

Engagement Summary Report (370kb pdf)

Ōtūmoetai Spatial Plan

Our plan for the future — Key outcomes video

Tauranga is growing quickly and the suburbs of Ōtūmoetai, Matua, Brookfield, Bellevue and Judea will see big changes over the next 30 years.

Take me to the future: Ōtūmoetai 2050


Around 19% of the city’s population already call the suburbs of Ōtūmoetai, Bureta, Cherrywood, Matua, Brookfield, Bellevue and Judea home.

The area’s central location and proximity to the harbour/estuary, green spaces, and commercial/retail centres make it an attractive place to live and we expect that people will continue to move here.

This plan provides a framework to make sure we protect the things people love about living in the area. The plan also sets out how we will support the community with the right infrastructure – whether that’s pipes in the ground, ways of getting around, enough homes, and access to jobs, schools and other community facilities, now and into the future.

How you told us the future should look

In creating this plan, our community told us what they liked about the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula and what they wanted to see changed in the future. Together we would like to create:

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Connected neighbourhoods

We want to increase the connection between neighbourhoods and to provide options for people to get around more easily, with safer options for walking, cycling and taking public transport.

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Unique neighbourhoods

We want to create community pride by drawing attention to what makes each area unique, such as the stories of its people, its culture and history.

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Healthy neighbourhoods

We want to create ‘healthy’ neighbourhoods that support healthy communities. We want to make it easier for people to use our parks, public spaces and community facilities. We want to preserve our biodiversity and water quality, and actively manage our natural environment.

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Liveable neighbourhoods

We want to support ‘liveable’ neighbourhoods that enable more residents to live close to the places that meet their daily needs, such as shopping centres. Liveable neighbourhoods will be supported by providing for a greater range of quality housing types such as town houses and apartment buildings.

A need for more housing 

The spatial plan supports and aligns with current proposed changes to the City Plan, which align with a government direction to provide for more housing. Amendments include allowing higher building heights and densities around commercial centres and also up to three dwellings of up to three storeys on most sections in residential zones, without needing to obtain a resource consent.

Ōtūmoetai Spatial Plan

Take me to the future: Ōtūmoetai 2050

We worked with the community, mana whenua and key stakeholders to help us create a plan for this special part of the city. Our Ōtūmoetai Spatial Plan sets out the vision for this transformation.

Ōtūmoetai Spatial Plan (18mb pdf)

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