Tauriko for Tomorrow update: transportation planning
There have been delays to the Tauriko for Tomorrow work. In 2018 the Tauriko Network Plan (the transport component of Tauriko for Tomorrow, led by the NZ Transport Agency) was one of 16 projects re-evaluated to align with the Government’s vision for the transport network. The review concluded that supporting growth within Tauranga’s Western Corridor and addressing safety are higher priorities than improving freight access.
As a result the NZ Transport Agency will be revisiting the business case for the Tauriko transport network, identifying future initiatives for a safe multi-modal transport system which increases the attractiveness of public transport and walking, cycling and other active modes, connecting residential housing to wider Tauranga. This work is expected to begin in 2020.
Tauranga City Council continues to work on the structure planning of the area and is investigating a package of short-term improvements to enable housing development to commence in Tauriko West, and industrial development to continue in the Tauriko Business Estate. The NZ Transport Agency will continue to focus on improving safety on SH29 between Belk Road and Cambridge Road.
Tauriko West, on the edge of Tauranga City, is the next proposed urban development to support our region’s growth, delivering an estimated 3000 new dwellings from 2022 or 2023.
Tauranga and the western Bay of Plenty continue to experience strong population growth and as a result, more land is needed for housing. We have identified Tauriko West as an ideal location to set up a new community and provide more residential housing to cater for this growth.
The Tauriko for Tomorrow project is a collaboration between SmartGrowth partners Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council, and the NZ Transport Agency. Together we are implementing the vision of SmartGrowth for the wider region, starting in Tauriko West.