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City Centre Spatial Framework

Cities worldwide are reinventing the hearts of their cities. It is Tauranga’s time to think about how our city centre needs to look and feel to be competitive in the future.

PostcardsTo do this, we’re investing $8 million during the next five years to improve the streetscape, waterfront and open spaces in the heart of the city to make the city centre a vibrant and attractive place to live, work, learn and play.

The $8 million, which was allocated in the Long Term Plan 2015-2015 for city centre and waterfront development to be spent in the first five years, allows us to partner with the private sector, highlight development opportunities and attract more people in the heart of the city.

As part of this, we’re developing a Tauranga City Centre Spatial Framework for our city centre – a visual design of what we want our public spaces and streets, and waterfront to be.

The results will be better streets, shared spaces, a waterfront to be proud of, access to the water along the waterfront, better pedestrian and cyclist connections to the city and better public spaces. A big part of this is the reconnection with water.

The Spatial Framework will help inform the Civic Space Options project on the question of where the best place to locate civic services is.

The journey is underway! And this is just the start of the conversation; there’s lots of work and thinking to be done – we’ll keep you informed here!

What’s already happening in the heart of Tauranga…

  • $60 million in commercial and retail development underway in the city centre, including Trustpower building on Durham Street, IRD and Housing New Zealand building on Cameron Road and Third Avenue.
  • Council is working with a range of groups to bring more four and five-star hotel developments to the city centre
  • We’re investing $27m in car parking capacity in the city centre with 600 to 650 new car parking spaces to meet demand
  • Council is exploring further ways to encourage and stimulate residential development in the city centre
  • A sports stadium in the Tauranga Domain is being considered
  • Construction of a $55m Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct, a purpose-built marine servicing facility, is underway
  • Significant investment over the next 10 years to attract more major events to city.
  • $85 million University of Waikato tertiary and research precinct planned for city centre. The new campus is predicted to generate $133m and provide more than 600 jobs.

Last Reviewed: 28/06/2016