A zig-zagging footpath in The Lakes development in Pyes Pa is making international headlines.
7News is reporting on the footpath asking if people think it's the silliest footpath ever designed?
Former Tauranga City Councillor Murray Guy took to his Facebook page in the weekend, saying “urban designers are killing off our residential values and amenity”.
Murray feels the footpath is an accident waiting to happen.
Tauranga City Council says there is a good reason why they have chosen the design.
“It's easy to assume that the footpath could have been shifted slightly but that would mean the footpath was built right over top of the underground utilities and services,” says Asset delivery manager Howard Severinsen.
“A straight footpath would have posed more problems accessing the underground infrastructure (fibre, water, gas, power and streetlight cabling) as house building proceeds.
“This is an example of sub-divisional developers using flexibility to place the necessary underground services into the road corridor while still achieving some greenery.”
Above is an aerial view of a footpath in are provided to SunLive by the council. This is not the same as the footpath shown at the top of the story.