Information days being held this week, public invited to have their say
Plans are progressing to create a shared vision for the future development of Tauriko West. As part of this, the community is invited to share their thoughts at information days this Friday and Saturday in Tauriko.
Tauriko for Tomorrow is a project being undertaken by the SmartGrowth partners Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council, and the NZ Transport Agency, to develop a new area of urban growth in the Bay of Plenty.
Tauranga City Mayor Greg Brownless says, “We are at the early stages of planning for Tauriko for Tomorrow, and we want to work closely with the community to ensure the vision we’re creating is a shared one.
“We want to understand what is important for the people who live, work and travel through the area: what it is they most value, what they would like to see protected and preserved, and what they would like to change.
“Our objective is to create a thriving community in Tauriko West, providing access to amenities such as schooling, parks and walkways, the Wairoa River, shopping at nearby areas, and transport and infrastructure options.”
As Tauranga and the western Bay of Plenty continue to experience strong population growth, more land is needed for housing. Tauriko West is one of seven urban projects that will deliver new housing capacity over the next ten years as part of the long-term SmartGrowth Strategy to cater for growth.
“There are many pieces of the puzzle that need to come together before any urban development begins. At the Tauriko for Tomorrow information days the community will be able to find out about the proposed programme for State Highway 29, the proposed boundary changes, urban limits and structure plan processes. We welcome everyone to come along, learn more about the proposed plans, and help us create the vision of Tauriko for Tomorrow.”
The information days will be held on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May 2017, from 11am until 3pm at Shop 9, Tauranga Crossing, Tauriko.
More information on the project along with an online survey can be found at taurikofortomorrow.co.nz
About the Tauriko for tomorrow project
Tauriko for Tomorrow is a collaborative project driven by four key partners, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council and the NZ Transport Agency, focussing on development in the Tauriko West area.
The vision for Tauriko West is to create a thriving community that allows people to live, learn, work and play locally. This means creating a new community and ensuring it has access to amenities such as schooling, parks, cycle and walkways, the Wairoa River, shopping at nearby areas and transport options and infrastructure.
Tauriko for Tomorrow is one of seven urban projects that will deliver new housing capacity over the next 10 years as part of a long-term SmartGrowth Strategy. Other project areas include Te Tumu (located in Papamoa East), building a more Compact City for Tauranga and planning for future growth within the Keenan Road area (south of The Lakes development within Pyes Pa), Omokoroa, Katikati and Te Puke.
Building a community at Tauriko West will require changes to the Regional Policy Statement, state highway realignment and designation, and City Plan. Discussions between Western Bay and Tauranga City councils about the proposed boundary change are also underway. All these changes will need to be implemented in accordance with the Resource Management Act 1991.