Tauriko West, on the edge of Tauranga, is one of the large-scale urban developments proposed to support our region’s growth, delivering a new community with an estimated 3000 – 4000 new homes from 2024/25.
We have developed transport plans that improve safety, enable access to Tauriko Business Estate and Tauriko West and provide better travel options. Progress on the structure plan and investigations such as geotechnical, stormwater and environmental assessments for the new community at Tauriko West are also ongoing, and we have developed some proposals and ideas for the new community.
Tauranga and the western Bay of Plenty continue to experience strong population growth and as a result, more land is needed for housing. We have identified Tauriko West as an ideal location to set up a new community and provide more residential housing to cater for this growth.
To support the delivery of urban growth there and in the wider Western Corridor, the Tauriko for Tomorrow project looks to develop the long term transport network, increase opportunities for public transport and active transport, protect strategic freight routes to and from the Port of Tauranga, and improve safety for all users.
The Tauriko for Tomorrow project is a collaboration between SmartGrowth partners Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. Together we are implementing the vision of SmartGrowth for the wider region, starting in Tauriko West.
Tauriko West project website
Work underway now
While much of the progress on the Tauriko for Tomorrow project has not been visible to the public over the past two years, work has continued in the background.
Preliminary processes, such as a change to the urban limits line (Bay of Plenty Regional Council) and local government boundary alteration (Western Bay of Plenty District Council) have been completed, while investigations such as geotechnical, stormwater and environmental assessments for the new community at Tauriko West, continue.
Building a new community
To create a thriving, safe, resilient and connected community that is well-served by amenities, we’ve developed some proposals and ideas for the new community – where houses, open spaces, schools and other facilities could be located, as well as ways to protect the natural and cultural environment. Building a community at Tauriko West will also require changes to the City Plan as part of the resource management process. Subject to the required planning processes, we expect that the first houses will start being built around late-2024 or early-2025.
The proposed community
Providing access – the transport network
Waka Kotahi is developing the Tauriko Network Connections Detailed Business Case which will confirm the long-term (ten plus years) improvements to State Highway 29 (SH29) and State Highway 29A (SH29A), from Omanawa Road to the Takitimu Drive Toll Road roundabout, and SH29A to Barkes Corner intersection (Pyes Pa/Cameron roads).
Alongside the long-term planning work for the transport network, Tauranga City Council and Waka Kotahi have identified a package of initial improvements to enable the first stages of housing development within Tauriko West, support continued industrial development of Tauriko Business Estate, and improve safety at the existing SH29/Belk Road and SH29/Cambridge Road intersections.
The proposed enabling works improvements are at concept stage and include:
- A new roundabout at SH29/Redwood Lane (which will connect to the Tauriko Business Estate and provide access to the southern part of Tauriko West).
- Closure of the existing SH29/Belk Road intersection, and redirection via Tauriko Business Estate to the new SH29/Redwood Lane roundabout.
- A new intersection with traffic lights on SH29 at Tauriko village (to provide access to the northern part of Tauriko West).
- An upgrade of SH29 to four lanes between the new intersection at Tauriko village and Cambridge Road, including provision of a new shared walking and cycling path along the north side of SH29.
- An upgrade of the existing SH29/Cambridge Road intersection with traffic lights and a new connection to Tauranga Crossing via Whiore Avenue (for buses, pedestrians, and cyclists only).
- Provision of a shared walking and cycling path along both sides of Whiore Avenue between the SH29/Cambridge Road intersection and Taurikura Drive.
Construction of the enabling works could commence in the next two to three years, subject to funding, consultation with landowners whose property or access may be affected by the works, land acquisition, and any statutory approvals which may be required.
The proposed transport network