On September 23 2022, Property Council submitted to Tauranga City Council regarding Plan Change 33.
Why this matters to our members
Property Council advocates for the creation and retention of a well-designed, functional and sustainable built environment. These policies will shape the future built environment of Tauranga for generations, influencing outcomes across the entire property sector eco-system. We firmly believe that it is important that the voice of the property sector is heard at the decision-making table.
While we supported the intent of Plan Change 33, as it would enable much-needed intensification opportunities, there were several concerns that needed to be addressed as they would significantly impact property owners and developers in Tauranga.
At a high level, our submission recommended that Tauranga City Council:
- Adopt the proposed walkable catchments but do not impose a building height maximum of eight storeys within 1.5km of the City Centre and in and around other commercial centres;
- Take a more flexible approach to development heights within the 1.5km walkable catchment to the City Centre to better encourage residential development;
- Engage with owners and developers to understand the practical implications of Plan Change 27 and the proposed qualifying matter; and
- Do not change the activity status of residential activities in the commercial zone from a ‘permitted activity’ to a ‘restricted discretionary activity’.