Supporting Growth in the Western Bay
The Western Bay of Plenty is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and this growth is set to continue for the next 30 years.
While this growth is positive for our local economy and delivers diverse social and cultural benefits, the challenge is to make sure urban development and transport infrastructure meets the needs of our local communities.
SmartGrowth, the Urban Form and Transport Initiative and Transport System Plan bring together Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council, Tangata Whenua and central Government (particularly Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency), to meet this challenge.
SmartGrowth sets the strategic vision and direction for the growth and development of Tauranga City and the Western Bay, on key issues across the social, environmental, economic and cultural spectrum.
Urban Form and Transport Initiative (UFTI)
The Urban Form and Transport Initiative (UFTI) is led by SmartGrowth.
UFTI is focussed on supporting liveable community outcomes - finding answers for housing capacity, intensification and multi-modal transport (such as public transport and cycleways).
Transport System Plan (TSP)
The TSP is a shared transport vision that protects our people and our environment, supports long-term growth and our economy.
It's a long-term partnership between Tauranga City Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Waka Kotahi, tāngata whenua, Priority One, 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.
Western Bay transport projects aligning with the TSP are: