Council seeks feedback on rules on housing choice

Urban Form and Transport Committee chair Larry Baldock.


As Tauranga City Council looks at ways to cater for a continuously growing population, calls are being made for feedback on proposed City Plan rule changes.

A statement from council says some of the City Plan rules need to change to provide more housing capacity and to enable development and redevelopment to be managed in a manner that reduces the risk to property and lives.

Tauranga City Council is asking the community for feedback on three proposed plan changes by 18 December.

“Our city’s population is not only growing fast, it is also changing overtime – we are getting older, and families are getting smaller,” says Urban Form and Transport Committee chair Larry Baldock.

“So we don’t all need a three or four bedroom house, which is generally what is being built in Tauranga right now.
“As we grow, we need to ensure we have enough homes for people to live in and housing types to accommodate our changing population.

“To allow Tauranga to grow up as well as out and enable more housing choice, our City Plan rules need to make it easier to provide for more types of housing.”

Proposed plan change 26 – Housing Choice

Plan Change 26 proposes changes to the City Plan to make it easier for people to build a variety of more compact types of homes, like duplexes, terraced houses, townhouses and apartments, to better suit their needs while ensuring these new builds look good, respect the privacy of the properties next door, and create great spaces and neighbourhoods for us all to live in.

Alongside this plan change, council takes into consideration and works on several other topics: natural hazards and in particular how flood risks can be mitigated while enabling redevelopment (Plan Change 27); the capacity of our network infrastructure and what is needed to ensure it’s capable of handling the needs of more people in one place; and the direction set by central government on how we manage growth.

People can find out where this plan change allows for more housing choice, where it does or doesn't apply at

Proposed plan change 27 – Flooding from intense rainfall

Tauranga is prone to intense rainfall causing significant amounts of surface water. The city has already experienced the effects of flooding, specifically in 2005 and 2013, when flooding caused damage to properties and put people at risk.

It is expected that the likelihood of flooding will increase over time because of climate change and sea level rise. It is crucial that surface water resulting from rainfall, which can cause flooding of properties and houses, is properly managed to reduce the risk to property and lives.

The purpose of Plan Change 27 is to ensure that future land use, subdivision and development within Tauranga is planned to be resilient to flooding. The plan change introduces a new rule framework to the Tauranga City Plan to manage the effects of flooding from intense rainfall on people, properties and infrastructure.

People can find flood hazard maps and identify overland flowpaths, floodplains and flood prone areas in any given area in the city at

Proposed plan change 30 – Earthworks

Earthworks rules within the City Plan manage the effects of earthworks within the city, particularly those that are not controlled by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. As part of controlling earthworks, there is the need to manage effects of earthworks on building sites, such as sediment leaving the site.

In addition, there is also the need to manage earthworks that are undertaken as part of subdivision and land use activities.

This plan change proposes to clarify wording of existing provisions to ensure that earthworks are undertaken in a safe manner, avoiding negative effects on the environment.

Have your say

Consultation documents providing details on the proposed plan changes along with the detailed proposals and information about how community members can give their feedback are available at, council’s customer service centre and the city’s libraries.

The council is holding ten open days across the city with council staff on hand to answer your questions. All welcome! People can make a submission online, via email or post.
Submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday, December 18.

Community views will help inform Council’s decisions whether or not to agree to the proposed rule changes.

Decisions regarding these proposals are expected to be made at a Council meeting in mid to late-2021.

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@ By morepork & @ By Kancho

Posted on 16-11-2020 20:54 | By The Caveman

YOU are BOTH SPOT ON THE MARK.!! The so called so called council consultation and requested ratepayer input is NOTHING more than a SOP ……………… The faceless council bureaucrats – who it seems you will NEVER learn the names of, have already decided what they are going to do with the HOUSING and that and it’s a case to HELL with the current residents/landowners – ITS ALL ABOUT HOW DO WE GET MORE RATES TO JUSTIFY WAGE INCREASES!!!! Oh, and the Councillors will toe the line of the faceless council bureaucrats. Who runs the Council? - certainly NOT the elected councillors who a supposed to be working for the ratepayers & residents.

First question.

Posted on 16-11-2020 19:08 | By Cynical Me

The first question we need to answer is ho many people we need to have here. No one to my knowledge has ever asked ratepayers that question. The second question where should all this housing be placed. Where is the work. According to Tenby, 14000 kiwifruit workers are going to be required. Well, commonsense says that they won’t be working in the Te Papa ward. Reality is that they will need accommodation south of Te Puke. Piling more people into the broken down CBD is a waste of ratepayer funds unless of course the devlopers pay for the privilege. As for the elderly, hasn’t Larry noticed that we already have close to 20% of our poputltion in retirement villages and they are still building. Time to stop that as it throws a huge burden on all our resources while removing them from other area’s who benefit.

Tom Ranger

Posted on 16-11-2020 15:56 | By

Over it....If they commit to decreasing expenditure...stripping the council of unnecessary roles...taking pay cuts. They can screw up whichever projects they want to after that. Over it. I agree with the complete overhaul and vote of no confidence. I suspect it is the systems failing us here as much as the councilors. I suggest TCC stop wasting our money. Take off the rose tinted glasses and take a whiff of what you’ve already done. It stinks. It really is no wonder why so many of us want them ALL gone.


Posted on 16-11-2020 14:00 | By morepork

I hear you. We are simply damned if we do and damned if we don’t. We have a Council that couldn’t be trusted to tell you the time, and yet, we HAVE NO CHOICE but to let them "move on". Some Council activities cannot be ignored, but with no sign of Councilors resigning, there is no chance of a new regime. We elected them and we are stuck with them. In my opinion, the whole system needs overhaul with provision for a public vote of "no confidence" to be called, and binding removal of the sitting Council if it passes. Councilors can then sit to get their seat back and the public can put forward other Councilors, in the usual way. If the Community has no confidence in the "leadership", said leadership should stand down (or be forced to by no-confidence vote) and we try again.


Posted on 16-11-2020 12:05 | By Kancho

We are so far behind on infrastructure so loading up on more development is going to make things a lot worse for everyone. Traffic is terrible, water restrictions , almost everything is breaking down. The bus system hasn’t proved to be an improvement to my mind and driving is still a better option even with journey times near double. So many things need attention before launching into growth that outstrips services. More house and more business yeah right! Planning and debt are still lagging so how is this going to improve before we rush to the gods of growth and development for its own benefit not ours