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Tauranga City Plan

2A.3   Targets for housing development capacity – Tauranga City

Updated 14 December 2018

Provide housing development capacity within Tauranga City for the period 2018–2048 as set out in the table below:

Table 2A.1: Development Capacity for Housing Required in Tauranga City:

Geographical Area Medium Term
July 2018- June 2028*
Long Term
July 2028 – June 2048*
30 Year Total
​July 2018 – June 2048
Tauranga City 16,500 25,500 42,000

*The medium term target includes an additional margin of 20% capacity and 15% for the long term target.

2A.3.1 Explanation

The National Policy Statement for Urban Development Capacity (NPS-UDC), which came into effect in December 2016, requires that Tauranga City Council set minimum targets for sufficient, feasible development capacity for housing in Tauranga City. These targets are also included in the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement. The minimum targets represent development capacity for housing required to be enabled, rather than the amount of housing built in each term. The targets will be reviewed every three years following the completion of scheduled capacity assessments. 

The targets are for the medium and long term and reflect the projected number of dwellings required based on projected demand. They include an additional margin for development capacity of at least 20% in the medium term and 15% in the long term as required by the NPS-UDC. 

These targets represent the development capacity that Tauranga City Council shall enable through the City Plan, structure plans, Infrastructure Strategies and strategic growth strategies.     

The NPS-UDC requires that medium term development capacity must be feasible, zoned and either serviced with development infrastructure, or the funding for the development infrastructure required to service that development capacity must be identified in the relevant long-term plan required under the Local Government Act 2002.

Long term development capacity must be feasible, identified in relevant plans and strategies, and the development infrastructure required to service it must be identified in the relevant Infrastructure Strategy required under the Local Government Act 2002.

Tauranga City Council will seek to give effect to this Objective through further plan changes and the City Plan review as well as through other methods such as Special Housing Areas (SHAs). To fully meet the targets, it is likely that additional land will need to be brought into the City boundaries (which is currently within the Western Bay of Plenty District). Furthermore, investment in infrastructure will need to be delivered by both 3rd parties (particularly NZTA and land developer) and Tauranga City Council which requires funding and financing challenges to be overcome.


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