The Connected Centres approach is all about delivering greater housing and transport choices. More houses and apartment blocks will be built in existing suburbs along the Te Papa Peninsula (from Greerton to the CBD), Otūmoetai/Matua and Mount Maunganui. New neighbourhoods will be created or expanded in the east (Wairakei, Te Tumu), west (Pyes Pa, Tauriko West) and north (Ōmokoroa). Achieving a balance between greenfield development and intensification is the best way to house our growing population.
Public transport, walkways and cycleways will connect existing and new urban centres so people can easily move around to work, learn and play.
The six agreed PDAs were selected because they provide a focus on achieving pace and scale to unlock housing. These are all areas that require intervention. All of our other growth areas remain important and will continue to be progressed.
The western Bay of Plenty is expanding faster than anywhere in New Zealand. By 2050 it is projected to be home to 258,000 residents which could create one million transport movements per day on the transport network.
Our roads are already significantly congested in places, our roading infrastructure is ageing in some areas and our city is built on narrow peninsulas and a diverse geography – we don’t have room for more roads, and congestion, freight times and traffic pollution will get worse if we don’t adapt.
The Transport System Plan ‘TSP’ is a long-term partnership between Tauranga City Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Waka Kotahi, tāngata whenua, PriorityOne, KiwiRail and Port of Tauranga, tasked with delivering a transport system aligned with regional growth and urban development.
TSP partners have identified more than 80 transport projects with community development, safety, a strong economy and a healthy environment in mind, for now and for future generations. Projects are in different stages of planning and delivery, including major projects to give people more choice about the ways they can get to where they need to. See TSP Projects here.