The Tauranga City Council adopted a new committee structure on Tuesday.
The new structure focuses on supported decision making and delivering the councils key priorities which include housing supply, transport, resilience and infrastructure.
The committee is significantly different from past years as it separates strategic from operations to improve conversations around the future direction of Tauranga.
The operations will be separately governed by a committee based on implementing, managing resourcing and observing the progress of projects, services and operations.
Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless says the new structure will benefit the city as the committees will target key issues.
“We need to enable more housing, and to do so we need to get our transport network right – with the support of the Government.
“We can’t achieve one without the other, and bringing these topics together in our decision-making structure will ensure we, and the next Council, keep this correlation top of mind.”
The committees will meet every six weeks, with the Mayor and all councillors in attendance.
Greg says the council are agreeing to include a non-voting Tangata Whenua representative in each committee.
“This reflects the valued relationship between Council and the Mana Whenua of Tauranga Moana”.
The new committees are:
Urban Form and Transport Development Committee
Shapes and manages the direction of growth of the city. Particular areas of focus include land availability and transport networks to support the growth of the city and sub-region.
Chairperson: Cr. Larry Baldock Deputy chairperson: Cr. Rick Curach
Develops the framework that shapes the direction of the city and sub-region. Includes Long Term and Annual Plans, policies and bylaws.
Chairperson: Cr. Steve Morris Deputy chairperson: Cr. Terry Molloy
Projects, Services and Operations Committee
Monitors, reviews and enables the progress of the council’s activities, projects and services.
Chairperson: Cr. Leanne Brown Deputy chairperson: Cr. Max Mason
Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
Ensures risk management, internal controls and financial management practices, frameworks and processes are robust, appropriate and safeguard the council’s financial and non-financial assets.
Chairperson: Cr. John Robson Deputy chairperson: Cr. Kelvin Clout
The new structure and meeting schedules are effective from Monday 11 March 2019.