A change to the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement to amend the urban limits at Tauriko West will become operative later this month, to support demand for housing in Tauranga.

The Tauriko land proposed for development, between State Highway 29 and the Wairoa River, is currently in the Western Bay of Plenty District Plan and Tauranga City Plan and is outside the urban limits of the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement.

The first step in the planning process is to include Tauriko West within the urban limits line.

Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor Paula Thompson said the change has been approved by Environment Minister David Parker, and is being notified by the Regional Council today. It will then become operative on October 30.

Advertisement

"This is the first time a regional council has used the new Streamlined Planning Process under the Resource Management Act to change a Regional Policy Statement and I commend staff for the way they have carried this work out," Thompson said.

"This change will enable delivery of urban development at Tauriko West."

To find out more about the change, people should visit the Regional Council's website www.boprc.govt.nz/change4