Updated 2 December 2017
The transport network is a significant and essential physical resource for the City and the region which contributes to the social and economic wellbeing of existing and future residents, visitors and businesses. It provides for access to and from one of the country’s key ports and a busy airport, and is essential to the continued growth and economic success of the Western Bay of Plenty sub-region. For example, 30% of all rail traffic in the country is associated in some way with the Port of Tauranga and the road network itself provides for the movement of 50% of the cargo shipped through the Port. It is imperative the local road, rail, sea and air transport networks are managed safely, efficiently and effectively to ensure the continued successful development of the area. This requires the integration of land use and subdivision with transport infrastructure to ensure an affordable, safe, responsive and sustainable transport network.
In addition to more technical requirements relating to parking, tracking curves and sight lines etc., the Plan seeks to achieve a sustainable and integrated transport network through provisions that:
- Support a shift away from reliance on private motor vehicle use in favour of alternative modes of transport, i.e., walking, cycling and public transport;
- Remove minimum parking requirements within the Tauranga City Centre Zone;
- Provide for the transport implications of land-use and subdivision activities that are relative to the scale of those activities and not purely focused on traffic generation;
- Reduce ‘side friction’ issues associated with the number of direct accesses to the primary road network.
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