New process considered for extensive urban development in Tauranga
In response to the significant housing need in Tauranga and a request by Tauranga City Council, Kāinga Ora has selected Tauranga’s Western Corridor as the second project for assessment as a potential Specified Development Project under the Urban Development Act 2020.
Selection for assessment kicks off an extensive engagement and consultation process, as Kāinga Ora considers the suitability of using its urban development tools for the project area. Once the assessment process is complete, Kāinga Ora will recommend to Ministers whether or not a Specified Development Project (SDP) should be established.
The western Bay of Plenty sub-region, which includes Tauranga City, has been one of New Zealand’s fastest growing urban areas in recent years. As the population has increased, the demand for housing has exceeded supply, pushing up property prices and increasing the need for new urban development areas.
The SmartGrowth Partnership, which includes the local and regional Councils, tangata whenua and central Government, estimates that an additional 43,000 homes are needed in the region by 2048.