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Elizabeth Street upgrade

We’re upgrading Elizabeth Street to create an attractive and safe, people-friendly environment for everyone to enjoy.

Update June 2022: stage 1 completed and project paused

A significant portion of the project has now been delivered, including upgraded intersections and new pedestrian crossings on Devonport Road, First Avenue and Elizabeth Street, streetlighting and landscaping, water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades, and the installation of state-of-the-art stormwater treatment units to protect our harbour.

The first half of the linear park, between Devonport Road and the entrance to the new Farmers, is generally complete. The second stage from the pedestrian crossing to Grey Street will get underway once the crane and scaffolding on the Thirty-Eight Elizabeth development have been removed. The remaining streetscape works are projected to take another four months to complete.

This will entail a pedestrian-focused, slow-speed environment for Elizabeth Street and its surrounds. The upgrade also contributes to the ‘green necklace’ of connected walkways around the city centre and reflects the redevelopment of Tauranga’s city centre as a place for people.

What will the upgrade provide?

The upgrade includes changes to the streets surrounding the Thirty Eight Elizabeth development, including Elizabeth Street, Elizabeth Lane, Devonport Road and First Ave. It includes:

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Timeline

  • Developed design

    June to August 2020
  • Detailed design - completed

    September to December 2020
  • Wastewater and water upgrades on First Avenue, Elizabeth Street and Devonport Road

    November 2020 to mid 2021
  • Construction of streetscape upgrade

    From May 2021 to June 2022
  • Construction on pause

    From July 2022
  • Construction of streetscape upgrade

    TBC for four months
  • a new ‘linear park’: wider footpath on Elizabeth Street (between Devonport Road and Grey Street roundabout) with trees, landscaping, street furniture, and places to rest and socialise. The linear park will eventually extend to the eastern end of Elizabeth Street down to the harbour’s edge (find out more about the upgrade of Tunks Reserve and Elizabeth Street East).
  • laneway upgrade, including trees, landscaping, new paving and seating
    Elizabeth Street laneway upgrade – developed design September 2020 (8.5mb pdf) 
  • safety improvements for people walking, biking and driving
    • pedestrian crossings at the Grey Street/Elizabeth Street intersection and the Devonport Road/First Avenue intersection
    • two raised pedestrian crossings on Devonport Road, either side of First Avenue
    • raised mid-block pedestrian crossings on Elizabeth Street and First Avenue
    • 30km speed limit
  • changes to street parking
  • recognition of cultural history within the design

Other works in the area:

  • Streetscape improvements on the north side of First Avenue by Farmers 
  • Wastewater and water upgrades on Elizabeth Street, Devonport Road and First Avenue

Elizabeth Street upgrade – developed design August 2020 (10mb pdf)

Why is Council upgrading Elizabeth Street?

The Thirty Eight Elizabeth development is a once-in-a-generation development for Tauranga’s city centre, which will bring a significant anchor store back to the area, as well as hundreds of new residents.

Council is investing in the streetscape, in partnership with Farmers, with the area in front of the development on Elizabeth Street and the adjacent laneway between First Avenue and Elizabeth Street being the main focuses for the upgrade. 

The upgrade aims to create an attractive, people-focused environment which will complement the Thirty Eight Elizabeth development and also contribute to the revitalisation of Tauranga’s city centre. The Elizabeth Street upgrade is part of the city centre revitalisation approach. This project seeks to improve the amenity of the city centre in order to support and attract investment in residential development and attract new businesses to the city centre. 

2020

Oct 2019 – Feb 2020: Consolidation of option development and development of preferred concept. Transport modelling of selected options and initial cost estimates of preferred concept.

Report to Council  (item 8.3)

March: Council sought feedback from the community on options to upgrade Elizabeth Street, First Avenue, Devonport Road and Elizabeth Lane to understand community and stakeholder views on the proposed concept. Consultation on proposed options opened Wednesday, 11 March and closed on Wednesday, 25 March 2020.

Find out more

May: Councillors gave the Elizabeth Street upgrade the go ahead on 19 May 2020, approving the comprehensive streetscape upgrade with potential for future staging options (option B). The majority of feedback received from the community, stakeholders and existing city centre residents and businesses supported this option. We’ve listened carefully and made adjustments to the design to respond to the feedback received.

Report to Council (item 10.3)

Concept design options (4.4mb pdf)
Community feedback summary (1.3mb pdf)
Workshop summary 44kb pdf)

2019

In August, Council resolution requested staff to consider scoping and staging options for the Elizabeth Street Upgrade project in order to ensure upgrade works are completed in time for the Farmers opening in 2021.

Report to Council (247kb pdf)

Community workshop with nearby businesses, residents and councillors was also held in August.

In late 2019 the scope for the Elizabeth Street upgrade was reset to focus on the immediate vicinity of Farmers in order to meet construction timeframes and to minimise effects on adjacent businesses. The full linear park concept remains as an opportunity for future development. Options development commences

2018

Development of a concept for an Elizabeth Street Linear Park (8mb pdf) . The concept included a 10m wide pavement on the south side of Elizabeth Street with a separated cycleway, trees and landscaping, and play elements. The linear park was proposed to extend from the eastern end of Elizabeth Street to Cameron Road.

In July 2018, a workshop was held for local businesses and residents to input into the draft concept design. This was a highly interactive workshop and the feedback provided was incorporated into the concept design.

A number of required infrastructure upgrades and renewals identified, to be timed with streetscape upgrade works. 

November 2018 – August 2019: development of the project was paused.

2017

Creation of the Tauranga City Centre Spatial Framework – a strategic document setting out a vision for the city centre, and eight key moves to transform the city centre to a vibrant and exciting place where people want to live, shop, visit, play and businesses want to invest. Key moves such as “the green necklace” and “harbour to harbour” led to the identification of an opportunity to transform Elizabeth Street to a high amenity connection between the two harbours and contributing to a continuous 4km walking and biking circuit around the perimeter of the city centre.

Community engagement on the community’s vision for the city centre was undertaken in May 2017. Feedback on what the community wanted to see and experience in Elizabeth Street was received at that time.

The City Centre Spatial Framework prioritises projects that support public and private sector investment and development. Elizabeth Street was identified as one of five projects to be prioritised, due to the nationally significant redevelopment of Farmers into a 12-storey mixed use retail and apartment building, and the redevelopment of Regional House.

The Elizabeth Street project was proposed to connect to two other projects; the Durham Street upgrade (now completed) and the Strand Extension.

Future upgrades in the area

Further upgrades have been explored for this area to make the city a more attractive place to work, live and visit and could be implemented if funding becomes available in the future. Find out more about:

  • a concept for a green, high-amenity walking and cycling link between the two harbours, connecting the Waikareao estuary walkway to the Matapihi rail bridge.
  • intersection and safety improvements on Devonport Road, with widened footpaths and tree-lined streets on Devonport Road and First Avenue.

Concept for a green, high-amenity walking and cycling link (7.7mb pdf) Intersection and safety improvements on Devonport Road (692kb pdf)

Key decisions made

Councillors gave the Elizabeth Street upgrade the go ahead on 19 May 2020.

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