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Change No 2

Change No. 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 Plenty subregion.

View the maps associated to Change No. 2 - Chapter 17A (Growth Management for the western Bay of Plenty)

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 limits.

About Urban Limits and Live, Work and Play

Urban limits

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.

Urban limits:

  • Are lines on maps showing areas of land where urban growth can happen.
  • Indicate when land will be made available for urban purposes.

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 pedestrian options.
  • 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 sustainable lifestyle.
  • 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 communities.
  • Better planning for services like water, sewerage, roads.

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The SmartGrowth 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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