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Urban Form and Transport Initiative

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

UFTI is focused 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

A 30-year Western Bay of Plenty Transport System Plan has been developed to support the Urban Form and Transport Initiative and its Connected Centres Programme.

We are planning a transport system that supports future ‘up and out’ development and connects existing and new urban centres in a way that makes it easy to move around to work, learn and play.

The TSP has been developed by Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tangata Whenua, Port of Tauranga, Priority One and KiwiRail. 

More information

TSP Executive Summary document (4.1mb pdf)

More details about the TSP and key projects will be made available here as they become available. 

To sign up for updates on TSP please email info@tsp.org.nz


Last Reviewed: 21/10/2020

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