Enabling growth

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 and the Urban Form and Transport Initiative bring together Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council, Tangata Whenua and central Government (particularly the 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.

Click here to find out more about​​ SmartGrowth.​

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).​

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