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Civic Space Options


Creating Tauranga's civic heart

The civic Space Options project will determine the best options for Council accommodation and assess how this project could be a catalyst for other opportunities in the city centre.

Deliberations Outcomes

At the deliberations meeting on 6 September, Elected Members agreed to work with the private sector to deliver a new civic administration building for Council to lease on Council-owned land; invest in open space surrounding the new building, and to move to detailed business cases for a museum and a new library - this could fast track the delivery of both projects by at least two years.

Elected Members highlighted the importance of establishing a Civic Heart Technical Advisory Group to advise on the delivery of the projects. One of the key purposes of the Civic Heart Technical Advisory Group will be to guide the delivery of the Civic Heart Programme of work and advise on the Civic Space Options Master Plan over time.

Creating Tauranga's Civic Heart  – Project Overview

Civic Heart Overview Report (9.5MB pdf)

Here is a summary of the deliberations:

Projects approved:

  • $22.3m capital costs plus ongoing lease cost of $2.5m p/a to deliver a new civic administration building.
  • They agreed to look at 21–41 Durham Street, as well as 91 Willow Street, as a potential site for the building.
  • $4.3m to deliver open space immediately surrounding a new civic administration building.
  • $300,000 to develop a detailed business case for a new museum to underpin an investment proposal in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan, subject to Council determining a Terms of Reference. Broaden the scope to look at other potential locations for a museum.
  • $400,000 to develop a detailed business case for a fit for purpose, future-proofed city library on the 91 Willow St site to underpin an investment proposal in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan, subject to Council approving the final scope.
  • $100,000 investment to develop an indicative business case in 2016-2017 for a 1,000 to 1,200 seat multi-purpose performance venue in the city centre subject to Council signing off on the terms of reference.

Projects not approved:

  • $2.5m investment in Masonic Park to better connect the civic centre to the waterfront and create a civic and community place. Instead, they agreed to discuss the cost to relocate the public toilets, parking and bus stop infrastructure as part of the 2017 Annual Plan process.

Other decisions adopted included:

  • Demolish existing administration building, as soon as is practically possible, at a cost of $400,000
  • Demolish Chambers building and the Customer Services building, at a cost of $500,000, upon completion of the new civic administration building, unless information is presented in the interim which necessitates their demolition at an earlier time.
  • Continue to seek a private developer to build a hotel on the Council-owned site at 21–41 Durham Street.
  • Establish a Civic Heart Technical Advisory Group to advise on the delivery of the projects and the Civic Space Options Master Plan over time

Audio recording and minutes from the deliberations meeting

Adoption of the audited Amendment to the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 is scheduled for Thursday 29 September 2016.

Deliberations meeting

Deliberations on the proposed Amendment to the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 was held on Tuesday 6 September 2016 in Council Chambers on Willow Street. This was open to the public to attend.

Civic Space Options Long Term Plan Amendment Deliberations Report 

The Deliberations meeting will be in Council Chambers on Willow Street from 9am to 12 noon. This is open to the public to attend. Adoption of the audited Amendment to the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 is scheduled for Thursday 29 September 2016.

Hearings

Hearings were held on:

Formal Consultation

Formal consultation on the proposed Amendment to the Long Term Plan 2015-2025, which proposed building a new civic administration building, transforming Masonic Park into a civic square, and feasibility studies for a museum, new library and new performance venue, closed on 18 July 2016. 

We received 578 formal submissions during the public consultation period, which began on 17 June 2016.

Below is a summary of what the community said during formal consultation and the next steps in the project.

Civic Heart - Summary of Formal Submissions

Summary of Formal Submissions (2.26mb pdf) 

More information on the proposed Amendments to the Long term Plan and Consultation Document.

Tauranga’s Civic Heart Proposal - Video

Tauranga's Civic Heart Presentation (10mb pdf)

Tauranga Civic Space Options Programme Business Case – Q&As

Select the relevant question on the contents page of the pdf document to navigate to the answer

Civic Space Questions and Answers (498kb pdf)

HeartCreating a Civic Heart

Tauranga has a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a world class civic heart. The Civic Space Options project will determine the best options for Council accommodation and assess how this project could be a catalyst for other opportunities in Tauranga’s city centre.

Keep up to date here on this complex and exciting project… and how you can have your say.

Community Engagement:

Stage 1: Heart and Mind Summary

From December 2015 to March 2016, we captured the community’s thoughts on what a civic heart meant to them and what Council needs to do to develop the city’s identity and invoke pride in the city centre. We received feedback from more than 2000 people.

Here’s a summary of Stage 1: Heart and Mind community engagement:

Civic heart stage one

And here’s all of the community feedback. Please note it’s a large document!

Community engagement feedback (2.8mb pdf)

Latest News

Civic heart graphic

Great cities have vibrant city centres. To achieve this, we need to create a world class civic heart in Tauranga that will deliver:

  • A more active, safe and vibrant city
     
  • Improved value for money for the community
     
  • Improved local and regional economic development

The City Centre Strategy vision for the city centre is to be the commercial, cultural and civic heart of Tauranga and the western Bay of Plenty.

A once in a lifetime opportunity!

Tauranga City Council is in the unique position of requiring a long-term site for its offices, at the same time as owning the largest central city site. This could be a catalyst for other opportunities to create a ‘civic precinct’.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the public and private sector to work together to create a civic heart in one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities; to be courageous, plan ahead for the future 10, 20, 30 years, and make the most of our city centre’s natural environs, talent and culture.

Civic Space Options is looking at not only at options for Council accommodation, but also assessing how this project could be a catalyst for other opportunities.

Elected Members have identified the following scope elements to investigate:

Council offices – to deliver excellence to the community
Library – to share stories and knowledge
Museum – to celebrate our history
Performing Arts Centre – to showcase our local talent and appreciate world class visiting talent
City Square – a place to gather, celebrate and create
Conference Centre – a place to learn and share
Hotel – a place to enjoy and relax
Retail, hospitality activity – i-SITE
Accessibility and car parking – to enable people to enjoy our city centre.

The Civic Space Options project comes under a much wider strategy that is looking at the entire city centre. The Tauranga City Centre Spatial Framework is a visual design of what we want our public spaces and streets, and waterfront to be. 
 
The community will be invited to contribute to the development of ideas for consideration as Civic Space Options progresses.

Leadership

Civic Space Options is led by a project steering group that consists of Elected Members Gail Macintosh, Bev Edlin and Leanne Brown. All Elected Members will participate in decision making as the project develops.

Better Business Case

The project steering group will follow a robust Better Business Case process, a robust approach to ensure all strategic opportunities are considered.

The Better Business Case methodology enables Elected Members to narrow down the possibilities to viable options.

Better Business Case methodology

Civic Campus Concept Drawing

Civic Campus


Last Reviewed: 24/11/2016