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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

Over 100 people attended one of our five community meetings, the forums provided in-depth feedback and more than 220 people submitted their ideas either through a survey or submission. We're very grateful for the efforts and feedback.

At its December meeting the SmartGrowth Leadership Group will begin considering that feedback and are aiming to complete the Future Development Strategy early in 2019. They will also consider feedback on the Tauranga Urban Strategy which will be separately processed through Tauranga City Council.

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

Tauranga is the most car reliant city in New Zealand

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We're spending more time stuck in traffic and it's getting worse. Yet we seem reluctant to get on the buses or bike or walk more so what's the answer? We can't simply go on building more roads.


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Collaboration and partnership sit at the heart of the SmartGrowth way of working. The three partner councils, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga Cit…


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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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