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About city centre developments

About the developments happening in the city centre

Tauranga City Centre Spatial Framework

Tauranga City Centre Spatial Framework document is a commitment to the community about the look and feel of the city centre streetscape, open spaces and waterfront.

The result will help create better streets, spaces and access to the water, and better pedestrian and cycle connections that will make a real difference to the city centre.

The Tauranga City Centre Spatial Framework will seek to:

  • put people first – create places that put the needs and interests of people first
  • create a city heart – design an exciting, attractive and memorable city centre
  • connect to water - ensure access to water and celebrate our waterfront
  • create a distinctive identity –celebrate our unique culture, heritage and natural environment
  • be sustainable – support a vibrant, compact city centre that attracts inner city living, walking and cycling and use of public transport.
  • encourage living – new residents are attracted to the city as a place to live
  • be internationally competitive – help business to thrive, increasing our competitiveness, resulting in a higher standard of living for all.

Tauranga City Centre Spatial Framework part 1 (14mb pdf) 
Tauranga City Centre Spatial Framework part 2 (13mb pdf)
Tauranga City Centre Spatial Framework part 3 (5.9mb pdf)

Tauranga city centre spatial framework stakeholder workshop presentation – August 2017 (4.1mb pdf)

The key moves

The Tauranga City Centre Spatial Framework has key transformational moves. Each of them allow for flexibility, as and when investment occurs. Find out more about each of the moves and the outcomes sought: 

  1. The Green Necklace – a 7km walking and cycling circuit
  2. Access to the Water – reconnects the city centre to the waterfront 
  3. A Connected City – city centre connected to its waterfront, landscape context and region
  4. Avenues to Headland – reinforces historical connections and green spaces and the Avenues
  5. Harbour to Harbour – city’s east-west streets support access to water
  6. Fine Grain Spaces – urban network of lanes, pocket parks and plazas 
  7. City Centre for living – enhances character and amenity and supports growing residential population in city centre

The Technical Advisory Group

The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) will consider the design aspects of publicly delivered projects in the city centre, and will provide recommendations to Council on the way forward.

Some examples of projects include new streetscape, open space and waterfront projects, the civic administration building, and business cases for the city library, museum and performance venue.

The TAG was established to provide a higher degree of certainty that the investments we’re making are going to have the desired outcomes.

Brad Coombs
Brad Coombs is a landscape architect and principal of Isthmus Group Ltd with over 20 years of experience. He is a long term resident of Tauranga and the Te Papa Peninsula, and has worked on many urban development projects within the city as well as advising on numerous projects across New Zealand. 

Buddy Mikaere
As a member of Ngai Tamarawaho – the mana whenua for the city centre area - Buddy brings an understanding of Maori design principles from a traditional perspective and how they might work in an urban environment. He was a member of the design team for the concept and design of Te Papa in Wellington, and has been involved in a number of urban projects including the revamp of parts of Auckland CBD, the Viaduct Basin and the America’s Cup Village. Buddy has served on a number of boards, committees and trusts at local and national levels. He was a member of the Civic Space Options Project Steering Group.

David Hermann
David is an award-winning architect with more than 25 years’ experience in residential and commercial architecture, interior design and business management. Prior to moving to Tauranga, David lived in New Plymouth and was involved in the early stages of establishing a programme of rejuvenation for the city. Other projects David was involved in include the redevelopment of St Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Plymouth, New Plymouth District Council’s Civic Complex, and Papamoa Plaza redevelopment.

David Jones
David Jones brings over 20 years’ experience with a focus on property and urban regeneration from his work across the north of England and New Zealand. He has previously led the city centre revitalisation and redevelopment project for Auckland Council. David also brings much experience in reviewing and advising on urban rejuvenation projects. 

Jo West
Jo West has 25 years experience in education, teaching primary locally, nationally and internationally. She is currently the Assistant Head of Primary at Bethlehem College, and has held a number of senior management roles over the years. She cares about the community and is a Board of Trustee member for Bethlehem School and Creative Bay of Plenty.  A mother of two young children, she is passionate about providing culture opportunities for the younger generation.

John Duffy
John is Technical Director at Beca and the General Manager for their environment business. A qualified planner, he has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership of multi-disciplinary projects and teams. He has overall responsibility for the planning, urban design, landscape architecture, architecture and environmental science disciplines in Beca’s New Zealand operations, and has led a wide range of public and private consenting, design, policy and revitalisation projects. He is an Associate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Dr Les Matthews
Les is an award-winning urban designer in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato region, with more than 30 years’ experience. He led the design work for the recent Te Awamutu Library and Museum project, and the recent University of Waikato Law-Management project. Les has a Ph.D in Sustainable Urban Design. He is the director of Visioning NZ, a Fellow of New Zealand Institute of Architects and an APEC Architect.

Rachel Pinn
A strategic transport planning specialist, Rachel is a Full Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and the Treasurer of the Bay of Plenty branch. She was involved in the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy and led the implementation of NZ Transport Agency’s Urban Design Protocol. Before starting her own business, Rachel worked for engineering consultancy AECOM and was previously a senior transport planner at Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Rebecca Ryder
Rebecca is a Senior Principal and Landscape Architect at Boffa Miskell, and manages the landscape planning team for the Tauranga office. With a strong background in landscape planning and design, Rebecca has strength in the field of landscape assessment and analysis along with Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Rebecca is full member of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects, a member of the Resource Management Law Association and on the Business Women’s Network committee.

Communications and engagement approach

The goal of the communications and engagement strategy is to ensure that the community are informed, inspired and engaged in projects that create a vibrant, safe and successful city centre. This supports our overall communications mission of building trust and confidence in Tauranga City Council and its decision making processes, and informing, inspiring and engaging the community. We aim to create dialogue - a focused conversation. This will help us share our story, create emotional connections, and surprise and delight.

Civic Space Options Project

The Civic Space Options project was established to determine the best options for Council accommodation and assess how this project could be a catalyst for other opportunities in the city centre. It led to an Amendment to the Long Term Plan 2015-2025.

Civic Heart Project Overview (10mb pdf)

Last Reviewed: 05/01/2021

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