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Structure planning

Tauranga City Council’s main role in Tauriko West is to deliver a structure plan for the new urban growth area and associated City Plan changes.

Council would then deliver infrastructure to the boundary of the development, where we estimate houses could start being built in 2022 or 2023. This all requires careful planning in partnership with developers and the community, to deliver the best outcomes for everyone.

What is structure planning?

Structure planning is a type of spatial planning for urban areas. It takes a big picture approach to the development, or redevelopment, of larger areas – identifying what constraints there may be on the land, what areas are suitable for housing, what development could look like and where infrastructure needs to go. It pulls the pieces of the puzzle together and ensures the area functions as a whole.

The structure planning work for the Tauriko West area will look at: 

Land use

the type and location of land uses that will be permitted, including development type, density and staging


multimodal transport links and connectivity such as roading, public transport, cycle and pedestrian access

Three waters

the location, type, scale and staging of infrastructure required including stormwater, water and sewerage


of new development and growth with existing and proposed infrastructure and urban development in the eastern corridor

Landscape character

specifically around the Kaituna River and wetlands, and the coastal area, and the associated amenity they could provide

Tangata whenua

how cultural values and tangata whenua aspirations will be taken into consideration 

Green spaces

reserves and open space networks

Protecting people

identifying how natural hazards could impact the area and how to protect the community from them

Protecting the area

the protection of sites, features or values which may be cultural, ecological, historical or amenity related

Community facilities

how we provide them in the area or how we give access to existing facilities in other areas


locating areas where historical contamination may have occurred (e.g. old scrap yards, landfills, orchards) and may constrain future land use

Network utilities

provision and location of electricity, gas, broadband

Getting to this result requires a lot of research, technical assessments, modelling etc. It also requires a good understanding of what outcomes we want to achieve for the community and landowners, and what the community and landowners want.

Last Reviewed: 08/11/2018


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