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"Western Bay - a great place to live, learn, work and play"

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SmartGrowth in a nutshell

SmartGrowth provides a unified vision, direction and voice for the future of the western Bay of Plenty as we help develop a great place to live, learn, work and play. Taking into account a range of environmental, social, economic and cultural matters, the strategy identifies opportunities for building our community.

Ensuring a balanced approach to growth management is an important part of planning for the future and connecting the spaces and places that create communities where we live, learn, work and play. Not just now, but in the future.

The Strategy is focused on implementation and Future Thinking. It has a 50-year horizon with particular focus on the next 20 years.

During October we asked people in the western Bay of Plenty for their thoughts on our draft plans for future development here.

How do we plan for the expected ongoing growth in the western Bay over the next 30 years? 43,000 more houses, 66,000 more people - what do people want for the future of this area? You can read more here

Key themes from the feedback


  • People want to see aspirational visions and ambitious, aggressive targets set in support of greater levels of infill and intensification. 
  • We heard overwhelming support for moving towards a more compact city with higher density housing focused around centres and public transport hubs, as well as areas of high amenity
  • There was also strong support for further investigation for fast-tracking development in eastern areas like Paengaroa, Pukehina, Pongakawa and Rangiuru. 
  • Enabling the development of Māori-owned land and addressing Māori housing needs featured strongly too. 
  • People also called for a larger range of housing types, price points and locations which includes the need for more affordable homes and diverse mixed communities
  • Transport was a key issue for people who responded with support for a comprehensive and ambitious, multi-modal, integrated transport plan with a 30 to 50-year horizon. 
  • Submitters told us that they want to see better public transport and many were in favour of including rail as part of the mix with a network of park and rides.
Partner council staff will continue to analyse the submissions and report back to the Leadership Group in early 2019 before final decisions are made on the Future Development Strategy and Tauranga Urban Strategy. The Leadership Group members have called for an integrated response across several workstreams.


We'll post the updated documents once they're completed early in 2019.

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Building our futures together

SmartGrowth focuses on developing good relationships, building trust and advancing a new way of working together as the key to creating a well planned and integrated community across the sub-region.

The forum groups are integral to informing SmartGrowth governance of the issues and concerns at the grassroots of our communityThese forums represent the diverse communities that make the western Bay of Plenty a great place to live, learn, work and play.

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Contact the SmartGrowth office for more information on the forums 

Phone: 07 579 0027



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