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Council to refresh master plan for civic precinct

Tauranga City Council is refreshing a master plan for some of the city centre’s most important spaces to ensure they best meet the needs of our community.

The revised master plan will guide the future development of the civic precinct area, providing a blueprint that sets out which spaces will be used for various activities and facilities.

The civic precinct comprises:

  • 21-41 Durham St (also known as the TV3 site)
  • The block between Willow, Hamilton, Durham and Wharf streets
  • Masonic Park and adjacent car park, between Willow St and The Strand

It is possible that 40 Harington St will be added to these spaces.

The mayor and councillors yesterday agreed to set up a structure in which an expert advisory board will provide independent overview, advice and assistance. A reference group will inform a Council project team about local matters and community perspectives. The project team will provide information to the advisory board which will test it against the council’s strategic direction, provide expertise, and make recommendations.

The role of the mayor and councillors will be to set the strategic direction and make decisions about timing, funding, and the nature of the plan.

Mayor Tenby Powell said the creation of a vibrant civic precinct would stimulate investment and help activate the city centre.

"We have an opportunity to do something really special for Tauranga," he said.

“Our population is growing fast. Together we can create a precinct that meets its potential and makes our city centre a great place to be.

“It’s important that we engage with hapū and other members of our community as part of this process.”

Among other benefits, a refreshed plan is expected to help meet an urgent need to rationalise the inefficient and expensive use of three separate city-centre buildings being used for civic administration, at Willow St, Cameron Rd and Spring St.

Earlier, a Technical Advisory Group had been working on a master plan for the civic precinct. Councillor Larry Baldock thanked the group for their hard work.

Posted: Sep 9, 2020,
Categories: General,

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