The Local Government Commission is calling for alternative applications to that received from Western Bay of Plenty District Council in November last year seeking to alter the boundary between Tauranga City and Western Bay at Tauriko West.

The application from Western Bay is part of an initiative with Tauranga City Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency to provide for urban development at Tauriko West.

Part of the proposed urban growth area at Tauriko West is located within the Western Bay of Plenty District. Tauranga City Council is well placed to provide future servicing and administration of the area, which will complement development at The Lakes.

In signing off the application to the Local Government Commission, Western Bay of Plenty District Council considered feedback from landowners in the affected area, the wider community, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Tauranga City Council.

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The call for alternative applications by the Local Government Commission is the next step in the process and provides the opportunity for members of the public who may have other ideas about local government in the affected area to put these forward for consideration.

Anyone can submit an alternative application. An alternative application must include a description of the type of local government change or changes proposed, a map or description of the affected area, what the changes are seeking to achieve, and what improvements would result from these changes.

Alternative applications and other proposals must be received at the Local Government Commission Thursday, 18 April 2019. They should be emailed to info@lgc.govt.nz or posted to: Chief Executive Officer, Local Government Commission, PO Box 5362, Wellington 6140.

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