Cameron Road first for intensification

Communities along Cameron Road may be first to be intensified. Photo: Supplied.

Cameron road communities along the city’s spine from Greerton to the city centre may be the first to take part in the draft Tauranga Urban Strategy intended to intensify city living.

City planning staff at the city Transformation Committee meeting on Tuesday say the communities along the Te Papa Corridor are best placed for intensification and placemaking.

It has strong transport networks and the city council is already looking into investing in public transport and prioritising walking and cycling down that corridor, says urban planning project leader Gareth Pottinger.

“There are high levels of employment right down that corridor from Greerton at one end to the city centre at the other. There are schools of all levels, the university campus, hospital,” says Gareth.

It is also an area of the city where natural hazards are managed more easily, than in other parts of the city.

The plan is to work in with local communities to plan, re-zone and redevelop areas before spreading the same theme out to other parts of the city.

“We want to have involvement from the community right from the start of this journey, and it is important we understand what people want for their urban centres, to then move forward and look to deliver this, while enabling growth opportunities,” says committee chair Cr Larry Baldock.

“We also want to be transparent, and inform the community on the scope of work that will be underway to progress the different elements of our strategy. Some processes take a number of years to eventuate so while early planning is essential, this still allows for changes along the way.”

The committee endorsed the next stage in progressing the draft Tauranga Urban Strategy that will involve community consultation and engagement as well as some early planning initiatives.

The draft strategy focuses on supporting community placemaking and the development of more compact forms of housing, with retail, community spaces and commercial activities.

Placemaking is a modern approach to planning and design and involves working closely with local communities to understand their needs, their assets, inspiration and potential, with the intention of creating vibrant urban centres that promote health, happiness and wellbeing.

The next steps of progressing the draft urban strategy are:

• Community consultation and engagement

• Regulatory preparation including investigation into plan changes

• Alignment with sub-regional approach – Future Development Strategy

• Identifying where placemaking may begin.

“We will be including in our consultation in the coming months that we would like to begin our focus on urban growth and placemaking in the city centre and along the Te Papa Peninsula/Cameron Road corridor,” says Larry.

“It is important that we hear feedback from the community on this approach, so we can progress our strategy with a shared view on the way forward to manage growth.”

The TUS a significant change to the way TCC plans and provides for urban growth. While ongoing greenfield development will occur, the greater focus on intensification in and around town centres means TCC needs to adapt its growth planning and investment, which requires a number of substantial policy changes, says the planners’ report to the committee.

The implementation of the policy requires comprehensive place specific community engagement processes in order to identify opportunities for growth, change and investment in town centres. It is critical that the Council works closely with local communities to build confidence and support for the redevelopment and change of existing centres. This needs to be undertaken in a manner that both preserves what people value about their centres and embraces what they want to see changed, ensuring that investment in infrastructure, amenity and facilities complements any redevelopment outcomes, as a result of growth and intensification.


tgacentral dreaming

Posted on 07-06-2018 13:55 | By Ady

My point was that kiwis like their cars too much. To think that there will be some sort of utopian route whereby thousands of people are riding their bikes and filling busses. It will not happen. This arterial route is one of only a few that serves the fringes so what alternative is there? The lay of the land limits what can be done just as in Auckland. I have lived in Europe for over 30 years so know all about intensification! Yes it can work but not here. Tauranga is a town trying to be a grown-up city with people in charge that haven’t got the foggiest idea of what they are doing!


Posted on 07-06-2018 11:02 | By tgacentral

I’m no councilor but the article clearly refers to the theory of ’placemaking’ to achieve greater health, happiness and wellbeing in communities. How about YOU do some research and you’ll find a huge amount of professional literature outlining how this works. As a start, affordable housing, public transport and vehicle/cycle, commercial centers/employment within walking distance all contribute to happier healthier communities. Building endless urban sprawl leads to less home ownership, reliance on cars and the traffic problems that come with it, less walking, less community interaction and less urban amenity. Time to wake up!


Posted on 07-06-2018 10:52 | By Marshal

The best way to destroy the only part of the city where the traffic flows, is to clutter it all up with more houses, businesses and along with it much more traffic.. The cost and stress associated with half witted ideas is quickly forgotten. Infill logic sucks... It creates congestion on top of congestion.. Admittedly lots more rates for not much cost to Council. But what cost to the wellbeing of this once fine City..

Consultation or copulation

Posted on 07-06-2018 10:28 | By Kaimai

Would this be the same consultation process used at Greerton - 2 staff (why 2 staff for goodness sake!) from the contractor tuned up with a schematic plan and time frame! Now look at the congestion in Greerton and the surrounding streets.

Yeah right,

Posted on 07-06-2018 10:24 | By Marshal

Could a council member, if one knows the answer. Please explain to me which if any tiny aspect of this plan will promote "health,happiness and wellbeing in these communities.. I sometimes wonder how often councillors bump into things. It must be hard running our city with their eye’s shut.. Ding Dong,, Time to wake up. LOL

It's a sensible idea and overdue

Posted on 07-06-2018 09:39 | By tgacentral

Comments below don’t seem to get urban design 101 - you intensify next to transport hubs and main roads. As the city grows (like many before it) the buses and cycle lanes are getting busier and will continue to. If most houses keep being built on the city fringes our city will become less affordable and traffic will get much worse. Intensification is key. Perhaps Ady and Chook you’re upset because it won’t give you lot so much to moan about in the future?

You are having a laugh

Posted on 07-06-2018 08:57 | By rastus

Why would any intelligent/sensible person have any faith whatsoever in anything Larry Baldock is involved in - if he had any honour he would resign all his local body positions. His use of ’smoke and mirrors calculations’ in the museum debate has surely removed any vestige of honour he may have previously claimed - just another doubtful politician who ’always’ knows better about everything than any of those who are paying his salary (s)

You are sooo right Ady

Posted on 07-06-2018 07:04 | By Chookymac

Have a look at the size of the buses all that and very seldom more than 8-10 people on them.If That.And the ignorant drivers just pulling out as if there was a fire they had to attend.and to spend is it 9 million?to improve cycle ways, I ask you we have some dumb people running this beautiful place we live in

Build up and Intensive Subdivision

Posted on 07-06-2018 05:21 | By Dollie

Like Hong Kong.

Are They Kidding!

Posted on 06-06-2018 19:12 | By Ady

So one of the busiest roads in town is prime for intensification! What they going to do, 8 lane it! Saying that people will use buses even if they do improve the service. It won’t happen! Why don’t the Council learn from their previous stuff ups around town!!

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