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Tauranga Urban strategy

Tauranga is growing at pace. We are now New Zealand’s fifth largest city, and more people are choosing Tauranga as their home. 

Responding to our growth 

Population growth creates more opportunities for our city, but it also means we need to accommodate everyone, while continuing to preserve and enhance our lifestyle and living choices.

Tauranga has the fourth smallest geographical area compared with other New Zealand cities. So we need to be smart about our use of space, balancing economic, social, cultural and environmental outcomes for our community.  

Our focus

The Tauranga Urban Strategy suggests a new direction for how the city grows and changes, putting greater focus on developing existing urban areas. It will place an emphasis on place-making of our town centres (including local shopping centres) to support more compact forms of housing, with retail, community spaces and commercial activities. 

The core components of the draft strategy are:

  • A greater number of houses within existing urban areas;
  • Provision of greater housing choice including smaller, more affordable houses;
  • More people living within easy access of shops and facilities;
  • An enhanced public transport network to service growing town centres; and
  • Investment in infrastructure, facilities, services, amenity, streetscape and quality urban design in and around town centres.

Draft Tauranga Urban Strategy - Summary

draft Tauranga Urban Strategy summary (6mb pdf)

The full draft strategy which has been endorsed by Tauranga City Council for the purposes of public consultation is also available below.

draft Tauranga Urban Stategy (4mb pdf)

Have your say

Help us to guide the future development of our city

We have been out talking to people about the key proposals in the Urban Strategy. We have met with a number of key stakeholders throughout February and March, and have run an online survey to seek initial thoughts from the community. Our online survey closed at the end of March, after receiving over 700 responses. We will use the feedback received so far to revise the draft Urban Strategy, and will consult on the revised Urban Strategy in late 2018.

draft Tauranga Urban Stategy summary of feedback (107kb pdf)

You can still share your views on the draft Urban Strategy by sending an email to urban@tauranga.govt.nz.

Have your say on the Future Development Strategy

The development of the city is also going to be driven by the Future Development Strategy (FDS), which is required for all High Growth Councils under the National Policy Statement for Urban Development Capacity. The FDS is a strategy coordinated amongst the three councils within the Western Bay of Plenty sub-region. The FDS will set out the approximate location, sequencing and timing of projected growth over the next 30 years. Public consultation on the FDS is planned to commence in the third quarter this year, and we will keep you updated on when you need to get involved. The FDS is required to be submitted to the Minister by 31 December 2018.

How we’ll get there

Council will work with Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council, SmartGrowth and other key stakeholders to align strategies. We will also be encouraging the community to provide us feedback on the principles of the draft Tauranga Urban Strategy.

Simultaneously, Council will be looking into a range of plan changes, incentives, tools and investments to support the growth of our town centres.

The Tauranga Urban Strategy will be used to feed into the creation of the region’s Future Development Strategy as required by the Government’s National Policy Statement 

Following engagement with key stakeholders and the community on the Urban Strategy, and with findings from the technical studies, a Future Development Strategy will be developed to identify proposed locations for growth, sequencing and timing, and the capacity of each area to accommodate growth. Public consultation on the draft Future Development Strategy will be undertaken from July. This will provide an opportunity for the wider Western Bay public to have a say on the principle of centres-led growth articulated in the Tauranga Urban Strategy. The community will be asked for feedback on the strategy, including:

  • “Is this the right approach for responding to growth?”
  • “Have we got the locations/timings/numbers right?

At this stage we will publish the final Tauranga Urban Strategy, having taken into account all of the feedback received. We will then start the implementation of the strategy, which will include engagement with communities living near priority centres. Council will look to actively partner with each community asking:

  • “What do you like about your local centre?” 
  • “What could be done to improve the centre?”

Feedback will be used to develop an implementation plan including interventions/projects such as:

  • Upgrades to existing facilities/parks 
  • The creation of new facilities/parks
  • Regulatory and policy changes, like changes to the City Plan to allow for more compact forms of housing. 

Further consultation will be undertaken with the community on each project and plan change.

Last Reviewed: 12/04/2018

Media releases

A city in transformation

Posted: Feb 7, 2018

Tauranga is on a journey of transformation says City Transformation Committee Chair Larry Baldock.

Tauranga Urban Strategy, a plan for the future

Posted: Dec 5, 2017

The Tauranga Urban Strategy will guide future development of our city and is an aspirational growth plan, influenced by our community and refined by a series of place making sessions.


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