Rotorua's CBD is going through "growing pains" as vacancy rates in the inner city increase, but the council is working to do something about it.

Some managers are worried they can only take so much before disturbances from the city's homeless cause others to leave. They question whether a rates relief would keep retail spaces occupied.

But councillor Karen Hunt said the council could only incentivise businesses and the CBD was simply going through "growing pains".

Earlier this month the council's Strategy, Policy, and Finance Committee recommended the full council approve work to explore and consult on options for a

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