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Take me to the future: Ōtūmoetai 2050

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Tauranga is growing quickly and the suburbs of Ōtūmoetai, Matua, Brookfield, Bellevue and Judea will see big changes over the next 30 years. Right now, we’re asking for your feedback to help us create a plan for the future of this special part of the city.

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Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on our draft plan and key projects for the future of the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula. The feedback we heard from both rounds of engagement have been used to prepare the final plan and identify which projects are considered most important to the community.   

The final plan to support community wellbeing as our population grows over the next 30 years will be shared later this year. If you would like to receive updates on this project, sign up for news updates below.

Engagement Summary report (370kb pdf)

We are planning ahead to make sure we have enough homes, suitable ways to get around, and community spaces to support the wellbeing of everyone who lives here.

Our city is projected to grow by around 78,500 residents by 2063 and will need approximately 34,400 new homes to be built.

Growth will occur across our city, but particularly on the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula, because its central location, proximity to the water, green spaces, and commercial/retail centres, make it a great place to live.

Following central government direction, we need to enable more housing to be built at greater densities (number of homes per hectare) and heights across our existing urban areas. To enable housing to be built at greater densities, we will need to make a change to the Tauranga City Plan. More information about this project can be found at plan change 33 enabling housing supply.

Ōtūmoetai Peninsula map (569kb pdf)


Feedback has closed

The interactive maps closed at 5pm on 3 July 2022


  • Have your say: tell us what you value and wish to see in the future for Ōtūmoetai

    21 March - end April 2022
  • Workshop with stakeholders and technical experts

    May 2022
  • Draft plan shared with stakeholders, mana whenua and the community for feedback

    June 2022
  • Ōtūmoetai Spatial Plan finalised and shared with the community plan activated through future specific projects

    End of 2022

What you told us about how the future should look

Based on your feedback, we have identified a number of key themes, which we have summarised below.

For stage two we asked for feedback on 60 projects on the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula that will contribute to creating Unique, Liveable, Connected and Healthy Neighbourhoods.

  • There is general support for housing intensification across the peninsula, with the greatest support in the Brookfield centre. There is acknowledgement that this would require improved access for all ages and abilities to greenspaces, walking and cycling networks and increased public transport options to cater for this growth.
  • There is strong support for the Matua, Brookfield and Cherrywood commercial/retail centres to grow over time, with more retail, food and commercial options in all three locations.
  • General support for all projects that seek to improve access to shops, amenities, and open space. Respondents said traffic calming measures, pedestrian crossing improvements and intersection safety improvements will be needed to achieve project outcomes.
  • There is general support for all walking and cycling improvement projects, particularly for upgrading the waterfront path between Fergusson and Kulim Parks and include widening it to a consistent width for walking and cycling.
  • General support for all bus facility and access projects. Respondents said buses should be more frequent, and routes should cover a greater area. Some concerns also raised about the affordability of using the bus.
  • There is general support for projects relating to placemaking, particularly in the Brookfield commercial/retail centre and also along Ōtūmoetai Road. 
  • General support for projects related to improving the quality of open space and particularly giving consideration to new seating in existing public places and reserves.  There were also suggestions for the development of a pump track, fitness station or basketball court in areas such as Carlton Reserve and Lees Park.  
  • General support for projects seeking to improve existing off-road paths for multipurpose use including movement, biodiversity, and water quality.  
  • General support for projects looking to improve and upgrade community facilities.

For stage 1 we asked people what they liked about their community and what they wanted to see changed in the future. This is what we heard:

  • neighbourhoods need to be well connected to other neighbourhoods and also connect to other centres outside of the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula
  • commercial/retail centres should be accessible for everyone, pedestrian friendly and safe to use
  • walking and cycling routes need to be made safer
  • public transport should be more efficient and frequent with appropriate infrastructure, such as sheltered bus stops, provided to support and encourage the uptake of public transport
  • public amenities should be provided to meet the needs of the community and parks upgraded to make them more useable and enjoyable, including a greater variety of activities such as skate parks, climbing walls, and water parks
  • accessibility needs to be incorporated into planning for commercial areas, public transport, walkways/cycleways, community amenities and for general safety  
  • as Ōtūmoetai Peninsula is the location of intensive pre-European and early contact settlement, known historic sites and archaeological discoveries, as a result of development need to be understood, with appropriate protocols observed and authorities obtained
  • higher density residential development should occur around the commercial/retail centres because they are close to transport routes and are more accessible 
  • to support intensification over the next 30 years, this area will require a coordinated approach to infrastructure in order for council to achieve its growth targets.

For more detail, the Engagement Summary report provides information about what you told us and how we engaged with the community, mana whenua and stakeholders.

Engagement Summary report (370kb pdf) 

Our plan for the future

We will share our plan at the end of the year with you that will include a list of projects we think will make the biggest difference in response to the matters people have raised, as well as other important projects for the area.

The maps: Creating neighbourhoods

We want to create liveable neighbourhoods that allow us to live close to the places that meet our daily needs such as commercial/retail centres.

Projects to create more liveable neighbourhoods include:

  1.  Providing opportunity for more houses to be built within walking distance of commercial/retail centres and public transport to increase housing choice and allow more people to travel easily to where they want to go
  2. Supporting thriving commercial/retail centres in Cherrywood, Matua, Brookfield and Bureta

We want to create connected neighbourhoods that provide options for how we move around and get to where we want to go.

Projects to create more connected neighbourhoods include:

  1. Improving bus facilities and access to buses
  2. Connecting existing off-road paths
  3. Improving access to shops and amenities, including open space
  4. Improving safety of walking and cycling routes

We want to create healthy neighbourhoods that support healthy communities. By this we mean that people can be active, use the spaces around them and interact with others.

Healthy neighbourhoods require a healthy environment that is cared for by everyone and are designed in a way that maximises access to the natural environment, and increases biodiversity, as well as water and air quality.

Projects to create healthy neighbourhoods include:

  1. Restoration and enhancement of the natural environment and biodiversity
  2. Improvements to quality of open spaces
  3. Improvements to stormwater reserves for multi-purpose use including movement, biodiversity and water quality
  4. Wayfinding/signage/storytelling
  5. Improving and upgrading community facilities and amenities

Note: some feedback we received was too detailed for this future plan. (For example. the location of pedestrian crossings and sheltered bus stops). However, we have shared this feedback with other internal council teams so that it might help inform future projects. Some feedback received sits outside the control of council, particularly in relation to privately owned land. For example, the creation of more cafés in the commercial/centres, however we will continue to work with landowners and improve the public spaces around the commercial/retail centres to make it more appealing for private investment.

Select the tile headings below to view the interactive maps/projects. Note the projects are now closed for comment.

A need for more housing

Central government has directed us to provide for more housing within our existing residential areas. This includes enabling more housing to be built at greater densities, (number of homes per hectare) and heights around the city centre and within our existing urban areas across the city such as the Te Papa Peninsula and the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula.

Alongside this, Council is also required to implement the Resource Management Enabling Housing Supply Amendment Act 2021 and the National Policy Statement on Urban Development. This includes allowing people to build up to three dwellings of up to three storeys on most sections in residential zones, without needing to obtain a resource consent.

These changes will also apply to the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula, which is why we are preparing a spatial plan to ensure we plan for this future by making it easier to move around, provide open space and public amenities that best support the community, and commercial/retail centres that supply the goods and services that the surrounding community need and want.

Visible change across the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula will not happen all at once. It is going to take time and will be subject to market demand and the decisions of individual property owners in terms of what they wish to do with their land. There will be a number of location-specific restrictions that may further reduce the level of residential intensification that can occur. For example, viewshafts to Mauao are protected in some locations and the building height limits that protect those viewshafts will need to be complied with.

In August 2022, Council will notify a plan change to bring these rules into the Tauranga City Plan – the rule book for how our city grows. At that time, you can make submissions on the proposed rules. In the meantime further information about Changing the city plan to enable housing supply project can be found here.


Bureta is identified as an area that can be affected by multiple natural hazards, particularly inundation, liquefaction and flooding. Given the potential significance of those hazards it is proposed that higher density development such as apartment buildings are not enabled in this area. However, we do anticipate three dwellings of up to three storeys in height being enabled in this area without the need for resource consent which will also occur in most other areas of the city.

  • Ōtūmoetai is centrally located and has much of the core infrastructure to support growth, including schools, good quality parks, and transport.
  • Given its great location and access to the city centre and other retail/commercial centres, the area is a highly desirable place to live.
  • The Government has also told us we must provide more housing choice to meet the diverse needs of our community, and build more housing across the city, including in places such as Ōtūmoetai, Matua, Brookfield, Bellevue and Judea. To meet our housing needs, we need to maximise space by building up, not just out.
  • The plan change to enable housing supply is a related, but separate project to Ōtūmoetai 2050. Both Council and the community have limited scope on what they can influence as the legislation dictates what many of the rules must look like, especially for buildings of three storeys or less. Read more about the enabling housing supply plan change.
  • However, Council and the community do have the ability to influence the level of intensification around centres such as Brookfield, Cherrywood and Bureta. We will talk to the community about this in the coming months. Government has instructed Council to enable intensification (building up and at higher densities) across our city, so prohibiting or preventing such development is not an option.
  • The future starts now – but it’s going to take time! The plan will look to capture the 30-year vision and wishes of the community for the area.
  • We want to enable future development in a way that meets the city’s requirements, but how quickly it occurs is up to landowners and is also subject to a number of other factors such as market demand.
  • This project will give you an opportunity to have your say on what services and amenities are needed to support future growth in the Ōtūmoetai area.
  • It will also give you an opportunity to help design your neighbourhood by telling us how you wish to live and move around.
  • We will come up with a plan with input from the community, mana whenua and key stakeholders to help direct the future for Ōtūmoetai.
  • As part of the project we will be working with our regional and central Government partners, local residential and business communities, and mana whenua to ensure we get it right for Ōtūmoetai and the surrounding suburbs of Matua, Brookfield, Bellevue and Judea.
  • Central to the success of Ōtūmoetai planning will be hearing what people who live in the community value and wish to see in the future – if you would like to input into what the future plan looks like, get involved.
  • Ensuring that the people who call Ōtūmoetai, Matua, Brookfield, Bellevue and Judea home are heard through this process is vital to arriving at a plan for future growth that is right for this location.
  • There will be several opportunities for you to have your say about what you wish to see for the future of Ōtūmoetai and we are kicking this off shortly with an interactive survey.
  • We are also looking to get out in our community to talk about what you want to see in Ōtūmoetai in the future.
  • The Te Papa peninsula, Ōtūmoetai and Mount Maunganui areas have been identified by council and the SmartGrowth partnership as the priority areas to support future growth of the city and wider Western Bay. This growth requires long-term planning to identify potential areas that can be used for housing, recreation, sport, infrastructure, green spaces and community facilities and amenities.
  • Find more information relating to SmartGrowth and its role in shaping how Tauranga and the western Bay of Plenty develops.

What we already know about this community

The following information was sourced from council’s Whakahou Taketake Vital Update survey. This survey took place in 2020.

Brookfield and Judea

  • Handy to malls/cafés/shops/amenities/schools/work
  • Safe/peaceful
  • Close to parks/cycleways/walkways/reserves
  • It is close to the city centre
  • Friendly neighbourhood/community feel
  • It is close to motorways/public transport
  • Better road infrastructure/less congestion
  • Reduce antisocial behaviour/social issues/crimes/racism
  • More cafés/supermarkets/community hubs/services
  • Better road infrastructure/less congestion
  • Segregated cycle lanes/improved cycleways
  • More community facilities/community events for families
  • Sense of community/more inclusive/kindness
  • Better public transport options/light rail
  • Better street appeal/more trees
  • Affordable housing/housing availability/better developments

Bellevue, Ōtūmoetai and Matua

  • Handy to malls/cafés/shops/amenities/schools/work
  • Safe/peaceful
  • Friendly neighbourhood/community feel
  • Close to parks/cycleways/walkways/reserves
  • It is close to the city centre
  • It is close to the beach
  • It is beautiful/an attractive place to live/clean/the view
  • More cafés/supermarkets/community hubs/services
  • Better road infrastructure/less congestion
  • Segregated cycle lanes/improved cycleways
  • Better public transport options/light rail
  • More community facilities/community events for families
  • Better street appeal/more trees


We recently held a webinar to give you the opportunity to learn more about the draft plan, including key projects, as well as how to use the interactive maps and ask questions of the project team. 

Watch the webinar

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You can also email any feedback to us at otumoetai2050@tauranga.govt.nz.


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