Property Council submission to Tauranga City Council on Plan Change 33

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.

Our view

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’.
Read the full submission.

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