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Tauranga Urban strategy

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Tauranga is New Zealand’s fifth-biggest city and we continue to grow. The draft Tauranga Urban Strategy sets out an approach to accommodate this growth, and be smarter about our use of space, preserving and enhancing our lifestyle.


The Tauranga Urban Strategy responds to our growth challenge by putting greater focus on planning for growth in our existing urban areas. It emphasises placemaking in and around our town centres (including local shopping centres) to support more compact forms of housing, with retail, community spaces and commercial activities.

What is placemaking? 

Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalises on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well-being.

“Placemaking is like homemaking, as you can turn a house into a home, placemaking turns a space into a place”

The core components of the draft strategy are:

  • A greater number of houses within existing urban areas;
  • Provision of greater housing choice including smaller, more affordable houses;
  • More people living within easy access of shops and facilities;
  • An enhanced public transport network to service growing town centres; and
  • Investment in infrastructure, facilities, services, amenity, streetscape and quality urban design in and around town centres.

Last Reviewed: 20/06/2018

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