Tauranga City Council has approved for public consultation a $30m Bay Venues Ltd development plan.
The plan proposes a major recreation and leisure hub in the central city, and a new exhibition centre at Baypark.
BVL's submission requests the provision of funding through the LTP to complete a comprehensive feasibility study to investigate an opportunity to develop a multi-use sport, recreation and leisure facility within the CBD.
This would include wet spaces for aquatic activities as well as dry spaces such as indoor courts, fitness centre, community centre and commercial/retail activities including outdoor hot pool/spa experiences.
This facility is proposed for development at Memorial Park.
In reply to questions from Councillor Catherine Stewart at Monday's city council meeting, BVL High Performance and Strategic Manager Justine Brennan says the pictures of the Memorial Park development are indicative.
“It gives a better idea of what we are talking about. We have put some indicative pictures into the needs assessment for the work.
“But in saying that, the definite idea is to use as much of the existing facility as is appropriate, and fit for purpose.
“So when we get to the point of doing the feasibility study we will be looking at how much of the existing facility in terms of QEYC and the indoor arena there we can incorporate with this new proposal.”
BVL has completed a needs assessment identifying a case for change in order to continue providing the current level of service for aquatic facilities to the Tauranga community.
The proposed development will also meet the increased demand projected due to the growth of the tertiary sector in the CBD and planned intensification in the CBD.
Included in the capital programme is $150,000 in 2018/2019 to undertake a detailed feasibility study. BVL is also seeking provisional project funding in 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 (Years 4 and 5 of the Long Term Plan).
The total project cost is estimated at $30 million, and BVL has indicated it will seek external funding, potentially in the form of a public/private partnership.
The feasibility study will need to be informed by two key Council projects currently underway: the Tauranga Urban Form Strategy and the Community Wellbeing Strategic Plan 2018-21.
Through those two studies the city council is looking at what investments to make over the next 30 years to ensure that the city grows effectively, and to ensure the council is supporting its existing communities, and communities in need.
As part of the Community Wellbeing Strategic Plan, Council will be leading a social infrastructure review for the city in the 2018/19 year.
BVL's second significant project is developing a new multi-purpose exhibition space at ASB Baypark for events such as exhibitions and entertainment.
This is to release pressure placed on the demand for the spaces in ASB Arena which has arisen due to Tauranga's rapid growth.
ASB Arena's six court area is used for both community and business purposes, with significant competition for that space.
Peak usage for both community and business occurs from February to November and the cost to transform the space from one use to the other is significant.
The proposed exhibition centre will relieve this pressure through providing an alternative indoor facility for events such as conferences, exhibitions, expos and trade shows.
Council staff support the BVL proposal because a new ASB exhibitions space will not be a competitor to the proposed Civic Heart performance venue, say city council staff in the agenda.
The proposed exhibition centre will mean existing court space is better available for community use, as the commercial users will use the new centre.
The BVL Board has already approved funding for a feasibility study to be completed by the end of the 2017/2018 financial year. The LTP funding request is for $4.9 million of provisional project funding for design and construction, subject to the outcome of the feasibility study. This would be split over 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 (years 1 and 2 of the LTP) as follows:
$1.0 million for preparatory works in 2018/2019
$3.9 million for construction in 2019/2020.
Total proposed capital expenditure for the ten years of the LTP is $44.7 million. The submission signals projects that are expected to take place beyond the first three years of this LTP (and can therefore be considered during the next LTP).
Total proposed capital expenditure for the first three years is $8,245,394, of which the majority $7.358 million is for the five main projects:
The new CBD Recreation and Leisure Hub, the new Exhibition Centre at ASB Baypark, and the refurbishment and enhancement of the Baywave Aquatic and Leisure Centre, the Greerton Aquatic and Leisure Centre Improvements, and University ofWaikato Adams Centre for High Performance: Deck Enhancement.