2 to the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement (Growth
Management) (307 KB, pdf) became operative on 16 October 2009.
The change implements aspects of SmartGrowth, a 50-year growth
management strategy and implementation plan for the western Bay of
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Change No. 2 - Chapter 17A (Growth Management for the western Bay
Change No. 2 involves two main concepts: Urban Limits, and Live,
Work and Play. There are two new chapters to the Regional Policy
Statement: Chapter 17 called 'Growth Management' and Chapter 17A,
'Growth Management in the Western Bay of Plenty'. Chapter 17A
includes policies and associated maps that establish urban
About Urban Limits and Live, Work and
Urban limits ensure enough land area is available for
residential development to accommodate estimated population growth.
The Urban Limits have been defined by maps and have been
included in the Regional Policy Statement as maps 12-23. This gives
direction to local councils. By defining urban limits Bay of Plenty
Regional Council can now set in place a 50-year servicing
strategy and development plan.
- Are lines on maps showing areas of land where urban growth can
- Indicate when land will be made available for urban
Urban limits mean:
- Developments can be planned and carried out logically.
- There are definite limits to growth.
- The protection of productive soil and natural values.
- There is enough land set aside for employment.
- If a property is outside of the urban limits, it is unlikely it
will be developed in an urban manner. Land outside the urban limits
continues to be subject to existing planning provisions.
Live, Work and Play
The concept of Live, Work and Play emphasises the need for
balance in managing a region's growth. Urban design, more walkable
suburbs and much better access to important local and sub-regional
facilities underpin the Live, Work and Play philosophy.
Live, Work and Play provides for:
- Increased population density - more people living in the same
area, for instance in apartments instead of the
traditional 'quarter-acre' section.
- Living close to where you work with business land in or near
existing and new communities.
- Housing choice.
- Transport choice: public transport, private vehicle, cycle and
- Walkable neighbourhoods - good neighbourhood design with
everything close by.
- Living near to open space and recreation opportunities.
- High standards of urban design.
- A sense of community identity.
- The community to be involved in planning.
What Live, Work and Play means:
- Allocating land and services for housing, business, rural
production, community activities and recreation across the western
Bay of Plenty. These should all work together to promote a more
- Subdivisions need to demonstrate efficient land use, good urban
design, and access to open space and reserves.
- Density of at least 15 lots per hectare is promoted where the
land is suitable.
- There is a more up-front effort to develop quality
- Better planning for services like water, sewerage, roads.
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Strategy is a growth management strategy to ensure that as the
Western Bay of Plenty grows it will continue to be a great place to
live, work and play.
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