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Tauranga Urban Design Panel

The Tauranga Urban Design panel will provide independent design review of significant projects across the city.

To support quality design outcomes in our city, Tauranga City Council is setting up an independent Urban Design Panel. The panel, which will be operative in early 2023, will review significant, large-scale private and public sector development proposals, in the early stages of the resource consent process. 

The panel will have an advisory role – it will not make decisions with regards to resource consent applications. Its job will be to:

  • provide applicants and their designers with advice as to how their proposal could be progressed to promote high quality design outcomes 
  • provide council with recommendations that will be considered in the review of resource consent applications and incorporated into planning reports.  

The panel will help create high quality, context-appropriate development that contributes to functional, safe, inclusive, and attractive places and spaces.

Working with the panel will be voluntary for developers, and free of charge.

Urban design framework 

The key documents which help to guide and inform quality urban design in Tauranga include:

Additional design guides will be prepared over the coming years. 

Panel make-up and applications 

The panel will comprise of leading urban designers, architects, landscape architects, planners, Māori designers and property developers from within Tauranga and around New Zealand. The appointment of panel members will be based on nominations from professional organisations. 

Skills and experience sought

We’re seeking to maintain a wide range of design and development experience in the panel, including in:

  • Māori design principles and tikanga
  • Multi-unit housing 
  • Commercial / mixed use buildings  
  • Master planning 
  • Brownfield and greenfield development 
  • Urban renewal projects 
  • High profile/iconic or gateway buildings 
  • Cultural and community facilities 
  • Urban design  
  • Public space, streetscape, and road corridor design 
  • Sustainable design, green buildings, and design for climate change 
  • Landscape and visual assessments 
  • Design assessment   

Council has sought nominations from the following professional bodies and organisations: NZIA, NZPI, Papa Pounamu, UDF, NZILA, Ngā Aho, Te Rangapū Mana Whenua o Tauranga Moana Partnership, Urban Task Force). 

Nominations are now closed and the panel memebers will be annoucned at the end of the year. For further information, please contact Council on urban.design@tauranga.govt.nz.

Terms of reference – Tauranga Urban Design Panel (232kb pdf)

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