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"Western Bay - a great place to live, learn, work and play"

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About SmartGrowth

SmartGrowth provides a unified vision, direction and voice for the future of the western Bay of Plenty as we help develop a great place to live, learn, work and play.

The SmartGrowth Strategy forms an implementation plan focused on six key outcomes:

  1. Visionary leadership and collaboration
  2. Sustaining and improving the environment
  3. Building community
  4. Growing a sustainable economy
  5. Recognising cultural identity and change
  6. Integrated planning.

Taking into account a range of environmental, social, economic and cultural matters, the strategy identifies opportunities for building our community.

Ensuring a balanced approach to growth management is an important part of planning for the future and connecting the spaces and places that create communities where we live, learn, work and play. Not just now, but in the future.

The Strategy is focused on implementation and Future Thinking.  It has a 50-year horizon with particular focus on the next 20 years. 

The underlying success of SmartGrowth has been the strength of collaboration and shared vision between the strategy partners: Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, tangata whenua, partner community/business organisations and key Governmental agencies - like the New Zealand Transport Agency.


Harnessing our strengths to build our future