RPS’ expertise in community creation has been called on to assist future planning of a 760-hectare region known as Te Tumu Urban Growth Area in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty.
Appointed by Tauranga City Council, RPS urban design and economics specialists have provided strategic advice to council’s planning for the region, specifically location and density of housing and commercial and retail opportunities.
RPS drew on its experience in a variety of growth corridors in Australia and New Zealand to advise on housing product, housing choices and the realities of densities being achieved. Social and economic outcomes were also part of the study scope, investigating economic need for retail and commercial development to support local employment, and broader regional socioeconomic outcomes.
Tauranga’s City’s population of 111,000 people has almost doubled in the last 20 years and by 2021 is expected to reach 141,000.
Te Tumu Urban Growth Area is approximately 760ha of land located within the Tauranga coastal strip, around 20-30 kilometres from the Tauranga City Centre.
Currently used for farming, the area is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the north, the Kaitana River, rural land to the east and south and the Wairakei urban growth area to the west in which residential development is now underway.