A new set of rules governing the future look and liveability of the central city is being recommended to the Tauranga City Council for adoption.
The Tauranga Central City Spatial Framework also comes with a $23.65 million price tag in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan.
The money is to be spent on the priority streetscape, waterfront and open space projects like The Green Necklace, a 7km walking cycling circuit linking Memorial Park, the waterfront, Takitimu Walkway and Elizabeth Street and The Avenues.
Other projects listed for attention over the next 30 years are:
• Heart of the City – greater connections between the waterfront, new Civic Campus, Tauranga Domain, education and retail
• Access to Water – a waterfront parkland, reconnecting the city centre’s connection to the waterfront
• A Connected City – a range of walking and cycling infrastructure and transport options that encourage sustainable transport choices
• Avenues to Headland – better connecting north-south streets and reinforcing their historical connections
• Harbour to Harbour – better connecting east-west streets to the harbour
• Fine Grain Spaces – creating lanes, pocket parks and plazas to provide urban life and create vibrancy
• A City Centre for Living – enhancing existing character and amenity, more walkable for the city centre’s growing residential population.
City Transformation Committee Deputy Chair Gail McIntosh says the framework will be a living document and will be reviewed to maintain its relevance as the city centre evolves.
“The framework has been developed with eight aspirational key moves, that when combined will help achieve our vision and aspirations for a vibrant, safe and successful city centre,” says Gail.
“We cannot deliver all of the moves at once; the framework will help us to prioritise the key projects – some of which are already underway – as well as providing flexibility for when investment occurs, and to enable us to be responsive to change.”
The Tauranga City Centre Spatial Framework and the City Centre Strategy will become the key ‘rule books’ that guide and prioritise the Long Term Plan investment and work programme for the public realm in the city centre.
Council staff consulted with Tangata Whenua and city centre stakeholders as part of its engagement process to develop the framework, which is part of the Heart of the City programme.
The city council will make its decision on the Tauranga City Centre Spatial Framework on November 21, 2017.
The actual level of investment in streetscape, open space and waterfront will be confirmed following formal consultation and decision making on the Long Term Plan 2018-2028.