Residents are invited to help shape the design for the proposed development at Te Tumu in Papamoa East at two information days this week.

Tauranga City Council is working together with landowners, developers, iwi and hapu to collaboratively decide what the Te Tumu area - which could provide housing for more than 15,500 people - should look like.

On November 15-16 people will be able to learn how the project has progressed over the past two months and share their feedback on draft plans for the future urban growth area.

Since the last information days in September, work on Te Tumu has moved into the master planning phase - modelling what the area could actually look like.


This includes looking at how and where to place commercial areas and open space, the internal roading network and community facilities, what housing types should be provided, and where the areas of natural and cultural features that need to be protected are.

Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless said plenty had happened since the last information days, which more than 300 people attended.

"We would like to thank everyone who joined us at the September information days, and for the great feedback you gave us," he said.

"You told us we need to provide for a variety of different housing types adequate infrastructure like a connection to the Tauranga Eastern Link, plenty of trees and open space for all ages, and great community facilities."

Brownless said the importance of preserving and protecting the environment and archaeological sites in the area was also underlined.

"With this feedback, work has begun on the Te Tumu master plan. We have drafted some options and are now at the point that we would like the community's views on these."

At the information days, residents will be invited to review and provide their feedback on the first draft master plan for the area, showing the different land uses, including residential, commercial, town centre, active reserves and education, and the proposed road network.

The information days will also gather the community's input on the facilities they would like to see in Te Tumu parks and reserves, how people would like to access and use the beach and the Kaituna River, and what people want in terms of transport options.

"Council staff, landowners, developers and our stakeholders have lots of ideas and differing points of view on what should be provided in Te Tumu. Help us decide which ideas we should explore further," Brownless said.

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Wednesday, November 15, from 3pm-7pm
Thursday, November 16, from 3pm-6pm
Papamoa Community Centre
Have your say online at from November 15 to December 15.