Tauranga is growing. Tauranga City is projected to grow by approximately 78,500 residents over the 50 years from 2013 to 2063. This will require approximately 49,300 new dwellings to be constructed over the same period.
To provide for this growth, we are progressing a range of new projects, on our own and through the SmartGrowth partnership, and as part of the Urban Form and Transport Initiative (UFTI). This ranges from greenfields development in new urban growth areas to residential intensification in older urban areas, delivering Special Housing Areas throughout the city (note: legislation expires in September 2019), increasing the capacity of our services such as water supply and wastewater treatment, and ensuring Tauranga’s transport network is able to handle and enable the growth and change of our city’s population.
These projects will help Tauranga City meet new Government requirements for urban land supply, whereby growth councils must have at least 10 years’ worth of zoned land supply available at any one time.
Development contributions help pay for growth by funding infrastructure, but other means are required to fund the rapid growth of our city. This includes participating in discussions with central government and other high growth councils around possible solutions, like the Housing Infrastructure Fund.