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SmartGrowth Update October
10 October 2017
SmartGrowth Update October
Transport planning, delivery and funding continues to be a major topic of interest and discussion in the western Bay of Plenty.   The recent, well-attended transport forum led by the Sustainable Business Network resulted in some great thinking and input from a wide cross section of the community.
Key themes from this forum will be fed into the SmartGrowth Leadership Group Strategic Transport Workshop occurring in October but the need for a clear vision supported by strategies and actions and looking out long term came through in the discussions.
Part of any discussion on transport will be the legislative and structural frameworks.  This is in my opinion part of the need for a potential policy reset involving the rationalising and more effective alignment of the planning statutes coupled with the consideration of a sound evidence base and community  engagement.
Part of this potential reset is for greater alignment between the sub-regional planning documents and government policy direction and funding allocations. 
Bill Wasley, Independent Chair
Could our design community work smarter?
September’s Smart Talk Future Thinking speaker series event ‘Placemaking and Density Done Well’ highlighted the need for collaboration and new ways of thinking from architects, designers, developers and local authorities.
Partnering with the New Zealand Institute of Architects and The Festival of Architecture for the very first time, the free event attracted more than 120 people who engaged with a panel of four New Zealand thought-leaders.   Read more here.
A call for Tauranga’s design community to work together could mean more innovation and better solutions for housing challenges in the western Bay. Read more on our brand new blog
Is it safe and easy to ride bikes around Tauranga?
Tauranga City Council wants to hear from people like you who ride bikes around our city.   They’ll be asking the community how we can get more people cycling, what puts people off riding bikes and which routes should be improved and prioritised.   They also want to hear from people who don't currently ride a bike but might if it was safer and easier.   You’ve got until Sunday 5 November to get involved in the conversation.
See city bike routes on line at or call (07) 577 7000.
The transport plan
With a great turnout (more than 180 people) to The Sustainable Business Network Transport Forum last week, the future of transport is on the move. Some interesting ideas and challenging questions stimulated enthusiastic discussion and a number of innovative solutions. The presentations are available for viewing here
It’s great timing too, because Tauranga City Council is working on a plan that will help prioritise, fund and deliver transport and land use over the next 30 years.  From now until 27 October, they’ll be asking for your thoughts about what needs to change?
Your feedback will help determine what programmes and activities are invested in now and in the coming years, so council can respond to the challenges of growth and maintain Tauranga as a liveable, safe, productive and sustainable city in which to live, learn, work and play.
Better, warmer houses
Living in a warm, dry, safe house is a key determinant of health, particularly for babies, children and young people. Not only does it prevent respiratory and skin infections, and reduce the risk of rheumatic fever, but it also improves children’s chance for a good education and for the family/whanau to grow and succeed.
The expanded Healthy Housing Initiative, which aims to particularly improve the health of children in the first five years, has been in operation for over six months.   A Bay of Plenty District Health Board collaboration, it relies on referrals and the cooperation of homeowners and landlords to place at risk families in better rental accommodation or improve the house they’re living in.
To receive updates about the Healthy Housing Initiative’s work, please email Brian Pointon at the BOPDHB.
Are you a landowner? 
Or a developer with plans for a piece of land?   Contact the City Planning & Growth team at Tauranga City Council to apply for the second round of new Special Housing Areas (SHAs).   Establishing SHAs helps increase the supply of housing in rapidly-growing cities.   Resource consenting processes in SHAs are fast-tracked for houses to be built quicker.   In Tauranga SHAs are a good way to provide more immediate development capacity.
Applications for Special Housing Areas will need to be submitted by Friday 24 November, and will be publicly notified at the end of January 2018.
Coming up
  • SmartGrowth Strategic Leadership Group meeting Wednesday 18 October at 9 am at Tauranga City Council Chambers
  • SmartGrowth Strategic Leadership Group workshop on transport Wednesday 18 October