SmartGrowth sets the strategic vision and direction for the growth and development of the western Bay of Plenty sub-region. SmartGrowth is a collaboration that has been working successfully for the past 20 plus years, leading the way nationally in integrated sub-regional planning and strategic thinking.
SmartGrowth is an Urban Growth Partnership under the Government’s Urban Growth Agenda. The figure below illustrates the SmartGrowth structure. Its aim is to connect the spaces and places that create great communities. It does this by providing a unified vision, direction and voice for the future of the western Bay of Plenty with a focus on developing the sub-region as a great place to live, learn, work and play.
SmartGrowth is responsible for developing and implementing plans and strategies, and recommending these to the SmartGrowth partners, as well as monitoring and undertaking reviews.
SmartGrowth's role is also to provide leadership on the sub-region’s spatial planning, growth, infrastructure planning and development. Cultural, economic, social and environmental matters are also considered in the context of spatial planning and growth management.
Click here to learn more about how SmartGrowth works with its partners.
Click here to view the SLG - Joint Committee Agreement 2023.