Tauranga City Council is searching for people to help decide the future of the city centre.

The seven open positions on the Technical Advisory Group would provide design advice to create a more vibrant, safe and successful city centre.

Group members would consider different design aspects of a new streetscape, open space upgrades and the civic precinct and make recommendations on the way forward.

The council was looking for candidates with a range of expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, engineering, sustainability, arts and culture, governance and the Tauranga community.

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The purpose of the Technical Advisory Group was to deliver a city centre design that would improve value for money for the community, encourage local and regional economic development and encourage more people to visit the city centre and stay for longer.

A panel, including an elected member, an independent expert and a council staff member, would make position recommendations for councillors to consider at a March 21 meeting.

The successful group members would meet in March or April and provide advice to council on a bi-monthly basis.

Nominations close 5pm on February 14. The expression of interest form was available from jennifer.butcher@tauranga.govt.nz.