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Future Development Strategy


Here are our plans and we'd like to know what you think

Councils in high growth areas are required by government to assess future housing and business needs and create a development strategy. But, legal requirements aside, it would be unthinkable to ignore the rapidly changing needs and demands of our community. Looking ahead, our collective aim is sustainable, desirable, affordable living.

The Future Development Strategy (FDS) aims to drive the discussion and decision-making needed to manage our expected ongoing growth. It identifies the big issues – 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 and how will we house an extra 66,000 people? What will the extra 43,000 houses look like? 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? This document sets goals but also aims to spark discussion and debate, feedback and great ideas and will be reviewed every three years.

Complementary to the Future Development Strategy is the Tauranga Urban Strategy which is being consulted on at the same time.

We're consulting on this from Friday 5 October to Monday 5 November 2018

You can let us know what you think through one or more of these ways

  • Filling out the survey
  • Printing and filling out the submission form below
  • Requesting a hard copy of the submission form by emailing 
  • Dropping in to one of the Community Conversations listed below
  1. Settlers’ Lounge Te Puke War Memorial Hall, 17 October from 5 to 7 pm. We are co-hosting this event  with Te Puke EDG
  2. Uretara Room, The Centre Pātuki Manawa, Katikati, Thursday 18 October from 5 to 7 pm. We are co-hosting this event with Katch Katikati
  3. Western Bay Chambers, Barkes Corner, Tuesday 23 October from 5 to 7
  4. Aihe Room, Papamoa Library, Thursday 25 October from 5 to 7 pm
  5. Tauranga City Council, Wednesday 31 October from 5 to 7 pm 

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