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Urban Form and Transport Initiative

The Urban Form and Transport Initiative (UFTI) is a collaboration between SmartGrowth and the NZ Transport Agency formed in 2019.

UFTI is focussed on supporting liveable community outcomes in the western Bay of Plenty – finding answers for how we provide capacity for urban growth, and the future transport system.

The task of UFTI is to develop a long-term, integrated masterplan for urban development and transport that is fully aligned with the Government’s new transport policy statement and urban growth agenda.

UFTI will bring together, in a coordinated approach, some 20 to 30 projects that are currently underway in the western Bay of Plenty, but getting limited traction due to lack of investment. Three of these projects have been identified as critical to unlocking near-term housing supply and alleviating congestion. These critical projects are improvements to the network at Tauriko including SH29; improvements to SH2 north from Tauranga to Omokoroa including the Tauranga Northern Link; and the Hewletts Road area near the Port of Tauranga.

UFTI will take an evidence-based, analytical approach to defining the issues and options for the future of our transport system. This will aim to provide a clear way forward, alignment to the Government’s expectations, and – as a result – confidence for the Government to support investment in key projects.

UFTI will give all partners the best chance of unlocking much-needed capacity for housing development and resolving transport issues in the sub-region.

Find out more about UFTI

To define what UFTI’s strategic direction and recommendations could look like on the ground, Tauranga City Council is working on a Transport System Network Plan (TSNP). This plan aims to understand, design and test solutions to some of the city’s key road network problems.

The TSNP will supplement the work being undertaken by UFTI and will initially focus on the identification of options to manage transport issues and to improve access to alternative transport modes on key corridors and parts of the network. The approach used is similar to models implemented in Auckland and Wellington and will be developed in collaboration with UFTI partners, including the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and the NZ Transport Agency.

Find out more about the TSNP

Last Reviewed: 20/09/2019


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