Tauriko housing development fast tracked

Deputy regional council chair Jane Nees, Western Bay Mayor Garry Webber, Environment Minister Nick Smith, councillor David Love. Photo: Andrew Campbell

Nick Smith has given approval to fast track about 280 hectares from pasture to housing development at Tauriko West.

Tauranga City, Western Bay of Plenty District and Bay of Plenty Regional councils - have brought about the first use of a streamlined planning process to enable councils to keep up with the region’s growth rate.

Nick announced the partners’ success at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council office in Tauranga yesterday.

It’s the first application under the changed Resource Management Act to use the new streamlined planning process, for a significant plan change for addressing the growth pressures on the region, says Nick.

Special Housing Areas were designed as a temporary mechanism to ‘just get some stuff done’, while the government made more substantive changes to the Resource Management Act.

“To the credit of the regional council and constituency councils, they have applied to me for consent to use the streamlined process over land at Tauriko West,” says Nick.

 “The significance of the streamlined process is that it will enable the Regional Policy Statement to be changed in a period of months as compared with the normal process of years.

“It does not provide for appeals, but the council is proposing a full process of consultation and hearings.

“The key driver for this application is that the councils have collectively determined that there is insufficient land for the scale of growth for residential housing.

There are whole lot of mechanisms in place.

The 280ha is the grey area above SH29 in red. Photo: Supplied.

The development follows the urban development national policy statement the government put in place last November.

“What that did is that it requires councils to give a lot more analysis into ensuring they are freeing up land, so we don’t end up with a scenario like Auckland with sections costing half a million each.”

As a consequence of applying that through SmartGrowth the councils concluded they did not have sufficient capacity and the regional council determined to use the streamlined process.

The 280ha has the potential for about 3000 homes, but the Ministerial approval requires things to be put in train.

 “Firstly the Regional Policy Statement has to change,” says Nick. 

“Second, land has to be re-zoned; thirdly there needs to be the infrastructure to support it and this will take some time. But we need to get the first bit done. This is the change to the Regional Policy Statement.”

The land is also likely to be transferred over to Tauranga City from the Western Bay of Plenty district.

“Parliament currently has a local government amendment bill to enable that to occur more quickly than under the quite cumbersome process at the moment. It too will be an issue on the agenda following consideration of the Regional Policy Statement plan change.”

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What about our roads

Posted on 01-09-2017 17:16 | By Angel74

money should be spent on them before spending money on more housing..............


Posted on 01-09-2017 16:15 | By Mallyg

Collydogz you are so right im on the road ever day from the lakes to the mount its not just between 7&9 and 2&6 its all day long cambridge rd back to the lake ramd Hewletts rd is stuffed all day long the council have there heads in the sand

Tauriko housing

Posted on 01-09-2017 15:13 | By phoenix

If the councils had approved Bob Clarkson plan it would have been finished by now,with lower paid workers moving into the affordable homes included in his project. All paid for by him. Unfortunately he is not one of councils favoured developers.


Posted on 01-09-2017 14:43 | By Capt_Kaveman

Now look at the failed roundabout which when built was out of date, nz has this idiot idea on how to design intersections through silly design roundabouts and Tauriko is pretty stupid, major intersections have to be interchanges or over passes

Tauriko Land

Posted on 01-09-2017 13:13 | By sangrae

Is this the former Bob Clarkson land that he was not allowed to develop? hm i wonder which developer got their hands on it ?

@ thebrads6

Posted on 01-09-2017 11:41 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Dont forget: - Girvin, Cameron, Hewletts and Welcome Bay/maungatapu/Turret/15th Ave all of these arterial routs are congested daily from say 7-9am and 2.30-6.00pm week days. Nothing yet is happening or approved to happen that will remedy anyone of these problems. Yet the Ministry of Education in the last couple of years has made all a lot worse to save a few penny’s in one corner but cost heaps re NZTA/Councils for more roading. The trail of decisions/lack of decisions is just amazing. These burea-rats wobbling around shuffling paper need to get their dags rattled and wake up from the permenant slumber and get something real done to remedy.

@ collydogz

Posted on 01-09-2017 10:20 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Agree, the roads for example can not cope with the traffic flows now. Council is hell bent on building a glass palace of mystical scale, size and cost and meanwhile deferring the build of anything else.

Regional Policy Statement?

Posted on 01-09-2017 10:19 | By MISS ADVENTURE

As usual a pile of paper and officals are in the way of getting on with efficiently any task that is useful/beneficial, Just typicial. Now we have three lots of burea-rats wobbling around shuffling paper. The only result of that will be that the development will maybe happen for the next wave of development in 10 years or so.


Posted on 01-09-2017 09:55 | By thebrads6

Before anyone is allowed near this land with even a shovel, someone must do the maths on vehicle movements and an adequate roading system set in place. Fix the Tauriko/Cambridge road and the Barkes corner issues FIRST.

More houses

Posted on 01-09-2017 08:11 | By collydogz

And this is a good thing. I think not. More cars on our already very conjested roads. Our council should not be issueing any further consents until they sort out the infrastructure. They have totally got the cart before the horse.