Regional and national context

Tauriko for Tomorrow forms part of a wider growth management strategy which focuses on making land available for housing across Tauranga and the western Bay of Plenty through the development of new communities. In addition, Tauranga City Council is required to progress and deliver on the requirements of central government policy, such as the National Policy Statement on Urban Development. It requires councils to provide adequate opportunities for land to be developed to meet community, business and housing needs. Tauriko West, will in part, provide for these central government requirements.


SmartGrowth is responsible for the vision, direction and long-term planning for population and business growth in Tauranga City and the western Bay of Plenty region.

Launched in 2002, the SmartGrowth partnership provides a unified vision and sets the strategic direction for growth, infrastructure planning and development across the western Bay of Plenty.

The SmartGrowth Strategy forms an implementation plan focused on six key outcomes:

  1. Visionary leadership and collaboration
  2. Sustaining and improving the environment
  3. Building community
  4. Growing a sustainable economy
  5. Recognising cultural identity and change
  6. Integrated planning

Taking into account a range of environmental, social, economic and cultural matters, the strategy identifies opportunities for building our community.

Ensuring a balanced approach to growth management is an important part of planning for the future and connecting the spaces and places that create communities where we live, learn, work and play. Not just now, but in the future.

The Strategy is focused on implementation and future thinking. It has a 50-year horizon with a particular focus on the next 20 years.

Find out more about SmartGrowth.

The Connected Centres Programme (Urban Form and Transport Initiative)

SmartGrowth partners have agreed the Connected Centres Programme through the Urban Form and Transport Initiative (UFTI) programme business case. This sets out an integrated land use and transport programme and delivery plan for the western Bay of Plenty. It caters for the approximate 200,000 additional people, 95,000 new homes, and two million additional transport movements per day expected within the next 30 to 70 plus years. Tauriko West is one of the key greenfield developments in the next 30 years, necessary to help meet statutory NPS-UD capacity requirements.

Find out more about the Urban Form and Transport Initiative.

National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD 2020)

The NPS-UD 2020 requires councils to plan well for growth and ensure a well-functioning urban environment for all people, communities and future generations.

This includes:

  • ensuring urban development occurs in a way that takes into account the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi (te Tiriti o Waitangi)
  • ensuring that plans make room for growth both ‘up’ and ‘out’, and that rules are not unnecessarily constraining growth
  • developing, monitoring and maintaining an evidence base about demand, supply and prices for housing and land to inform planning decisions
  • aligning and coordinating planning across urban areas.

The NPS-UD 2020 contains objectives and policies that councils must give effect to in their resource management decisions.

Find out more about the National Policy Statement on Urban Development.

The Regional Policy Statement

The Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement (RPS) provides a framework for sustainably managing our region’s natural and physical resources. The RPS provides direction to local councils for managing our land, air, fresh and coastal water, infrastructure and biodiversity, and issues of significance to iwi. This includes guidance for growth management in the western Bay of Plenty, and setting urban limits for residential area expansion.

Under the Resource Management Act 1991 the region’s city and district councils are required to give effect to the RPS when developing their district or city plans, and when considering applications for resource consent.

A change to the RPS has been made, meaning Tauriko West is now marked as being within the current urban limit.
The urban limit is a line in the RPS that shows which areas urban development can occur within. Guided by the SmartGrowth Strategy for the western Bay of Plenty, urban limits help the region to grow at a controlled and consistent rate and inform planning for expansion of urban areas. Urban limits also provide considerable certainty for landowners as to the future of land, both inside and outside the limits. For example, they enable orchardists and farmers to decide how they invest in their property.

Find out more about the Regional Policy Statement.