Next step in boundary alteration between Western Bay and Tauranga underway

15/03/2019 9:00 a.m.

​Friday, 15 March 2019

The Local Government Commission is calling for alternative applications to that received from Western Bay of Plenty District Council in November last year seeking to alter the boundary between Tauranga City and Western Bay at Tauriko West.

The application from Western Bay is part of an initiative with Tauranga City Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency to provide for urban development at Tauriko West.

Part of the proposed urban growth area at Tauriko West is located within the Western Bay of Plenty District. Tauranga City Council is well placed to provide future servicing and administration of the area, which will complement development at The Lakes.

In signing off the application to the Local Government Commission, Western Bay of Plenty District Council considered feedback from landowners in the affected area, the wider community, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Tauranga City Council.

The call for alternative applications by the Local Government Commission is the next step in the process and provides the opportunity for members of the public who may have other ideas about local government in the affected area to put these forward for consideration.

Anyone can submit an alternative application. An alternative application must include a description of the type of local government change or changes proposed, a map or description of the affected area, what the changes are seeking to achieve, and what improvements would result from these changes.

Alternative applications and other proposals must be received at the Local Government Commission Thursday, 18 April 2019. They should be emailed to or posted to: Chief Executive Officer, Local Government Commission, PO Box 5362, Wellington 6140.


For further information please contact:

Don Mackay
Senior Advisor
Local Government Commission
(04) 460 2276
021 212 1912

Additional information – Tauriko for Tomorrow

Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Tauranga City Council and the NZ Transport Agency are working in collaboration with Tangata whenua, to progress the Tauriko West development through the Tauriko for Tomorrow project.

The vision for Tauriko for Tomorrow is to create a thriving community for people to live, learn, work and play locally. This means the community will have amenities such as schools, parks, cycle and walkways, access to shopping and community facilities, and transport infrastructure.

Tauriko for Tomorrow is one of several projects that will deliver new housing capacity in the sub-region over the next 10 years as part of the long-term SmartGrowth Strategy.

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