23 October 2018

A change to the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement to amend the urban limits at Tauriko West will become operative later this month, to support demand for housing in Tauranga.

The Tauriko land proposed for development, between State Highway 29 and the Wairoa River, is currently in the Western Bay of Plenty District Plan and Tauranga City Plan and is outside the urban limits of the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement. The first step in the planning process is to include Tauriko West within the urban limits line.

Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor Paula Thompson said the change has been approved by the Minister for the Environment Hon David Parker, and is being notified by the Regional Council today (SUBS: 23 October). It will then become operative on 30 October.

“This is the first time a Regional Council has used the new Streamlined Planning Process under the Resource Management Act to change a Regional Policy Statement and I commend staff for the way they have carried this work out,” Ms Thompson said.

“This change will enable delivery of urban development at Tauriko West.”

To find out more about the change, people should visit the Regional Council’s website www.boprc.govt.nz/change4  

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Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Tauranga City Council and the NZ Transport Agency are working in collaboration with Tangata whenua, to progress the Tauriko West development through the Tauriko for Tomorrow project.

Including Tauriko West within the urban limits line will enable the next stages of the Tauriko for Tomorrow project to progress, including:

  • a boundary alteration between Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga City Council;
  • improvements to public transport, walking, cycling and state highways to improve safety and journeys for freight; and
  • a structure plan and rezoning process identifying how the new community will be laid out.  This includes the road and street pattern, cycle and walkways, the location of facilities such as potential for schooling, parks, a neighbourhood shopping centre, and public transport services.

The vision for Tauriko for Tomorrow is to create a thriving community for people to live, learn, work and play locally. This means the community will have amenities such as schools, parks, cycle and walkways, access to shopping and community facilities, and transport infrastructure.

The Tauriko for Tomorrow project seeks to future-proof our communities while drawing on our past, by preserving the area’s rich history, with the Wairoa River at its heart. See background information at www.taurikofortomorrow.co.nz

Tauriko for Tomorrow is one of several projects that will deliver new housing capacity in the sub-region over the next 10 years as part of a long-term SmartGrowth Strategy and council obligations under the National Policy Statement for Urban Development Capacity that was introduced by Government in December 2016.