To allow Tauranga to grow up as well as out, our city plan rules need to enable more housing choice.
Right now, the rules in place for residential land make it hard for people to build more compact types of homes like duplexes and apartments – anything other than our standard standalone houses. This means we're not using land as effectively as possible to accommodate our growth, and not supporting the development of types of homes that may better suit some people’s needs. Check out this short animation video to understand why enabling more housing choice is important for Tauranga. We've also asked members of our community what they think living in a more compact city could be like - right here in Tauranga. Listen to what they think the future of our city could look like.
We are working on some proposed changes to the Tauranga City Plan to allow people to build different types of dwellings more easily, that create both great spaces to live in and great neighbourhoods. We presented our proposals for duplexes, townhouses and apartments to the community for feedback between 7 April and 19 May 2020.
The survey responses for the Housing Choice plan change indicate general support for the direction and rule framework for each of the proposed housing types/criteria in the Suburban Residential Zone, Te Papa area, residential activities in the Commercial Zone, and the Urban Design Assessment criteria. Find out more in our summary of engagement.
Summary of engagement - April/May 2020 (2.3mb pdf)
We will come back with a revised proposed plan change through a formal consultation process later in 2020.
In the meantime, you can read up on those proposals in the sections below, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.