Commercial building pushing the boom

Building consent has been obtained for the new Zespri building basement and carpark. Photo: Supplied.

Building consents issued by Tauranga City Council in August are the second highest monthly value of consents ever issued, according to figures released by Priority One today.

The $106.2 million is boosted by the highest value of commercial consents ever recorded at $59.0 million.

“However, there were 30 fewer consents issued for new residential builds this month compared with July,” says Priority One communications manager Annie Hill.

The $59.0m in commercial consents issued in August is well ahead of the $15.9m in commercial consents issued last month and the $17.9m issued in August 2016.

“This is the highest number of commercial consents ever issued in a month and marks a new two-year high,” says Annie.

The low over the same period was $8.7m issued in September 2016.

The $59m includes nine large $1.0m plus commercial consents: 15 new commercial units at 71 Enterprise Drive $1.1m; a $1.5m expansion at Pacific Coast Retirement Village; two new industrial buildings at Tauriko Business Estate $1.6m & $2.0m respectively; a $5m coolstore at Gargan Rd; The $6m basement stage of Zespri's head office; The TECT $6m office building at 159 Seventeenth Ave, a $15m care facility at 159 Waihi Rd; and stage 2A of the Tauranga Crossing retail development, also $15.0m.

“The number of commercial consents was 29, slightly less than last month's 31 and also down on the 46 consents issued in August 2016, which was the two-year high,” says Annie.

The two-year low was 19 consents issued in March 2016

Over the eight months from January this year Tauranga City Council recorded $600.0 million in consents, 18.9 per cent more than the previous high in 2016. The Western Bay dipped below the $20 million mark this month for the first time this year, resulting in an eight-month total of $173.6 million. This was 7.1 per cent less than for the same period last year. However, overall consents in the Western Bay sub-region are 10.6 per cent ahead of those issued at the same period last year, totalling $773.7 million.

While Western Bay district's total value is down this month, it is still maintaining a steady rate of new builds with consents for 30 new houses issued.



Posted on 05-09-2017 12:46 | By rastus

I thought it was the council who approved building permits and therefore should be the people advising the ratepayers of what movement in permits has occurred - not some self appointed waste of time club called priority one - this outfit is constantly bragging about the growth of the area being down to them when we all know that our growth and prosperity has nothing to do with this at all - there are far greater geographical attributes coupled with our benign climate that make our area an extremely desirable place to be and to develop despite the bragging of P1.

I Agree my view

Posted on 05-09-2017 09:06 | By Border Patrol

The greenspace at the Mount should be protected, however commercial interests appear to outweigh anything else.Seeka has moved to the old Kiwi360 site and the new Rangiuru business park which is in the same area would have been a logical site for Zespri. Lots of land available (and probably cheaper than the mount), easy traffic access, proximity to post harvest companies and central. I don't know why this wasn't deemed a better option.

Green space

Posted on 04-09-2017 19:25 | By myview

Hey Zespri why couldn't you have built your building close to Te Puke where the kiwifruit are grown rather than vandalizing this area of the Mount and adding scores more cars to our already busy streets.

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