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Future Development Strategy

Proposed Future Development Strategy

Where and how will we house an extra 66,000 people in 43,000 more homes over the next 30 years?

Councils in high growth areas like the western Bay of Plenty are required by Government to assess future housing and business needs and create a development strategy for the next 30 years.

The Future Development Strategy (FDS) is a document produced by SmartGrowth (a partnership of councils, tangata whenua, community groups and some government departments) to drive the discussion and decision-making needed to manage the expected  high growth in the western Bay of Plenty. Tauranga City Council has also produced the Tauranga Urban Strategy, which is complementary to the FDS.

The Urban Strategy also considers growth within Tauranga, with a particular focus on how to make great places to live. Both documents identify the big issues around growth – things like housing, transport, employment, an ageing demographic, cultural wellbeing, the environment – that we must collectively consider as our population increases over the next 30 years.

  • Where do the extra houses go?
  • What kind of transport systems and infrastructure do we need?
  • What options are on the table right now?
  • How will we pay for it all?

The FDS sets goals but also aims to spark discussion and debate, feedback and great ideas and will be reviewed every three years. We are consulting on the FDS and Tauranga Urban Strategy at the same time.

We’d love to hear what you think.

For documents relating to the strategy, please visit the SmartGrowth website.

A series of Community Conversation events are also being held in October which are an important part of the consultation period and give you an opportunity speak your thoughts on the strategy. Full details of these are also available on the SmartGrowth website.

Please provide your feedback on the SmartGrowth Future Development Strategy and the Tauranga Urban Strategy by 5pm 5 November 2018.