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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.

Our main focus right now is on the Future Development Strategy which we're consulting on from Friday 5 October to Monday 5 November. 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?

Join the discussion by making a submission or attending one of our community conversations where you can drop in for a chat about what matters most to you. You can read more here

Future Development Strategy and Tauranga Urban Strategy

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We're now consulting on both the Future Development Strategy and the Tauranga Urban Strategy and we're keen to hear what you think about managing growth in the western Bay of Plenty over the next 30 y…


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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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