Today's the day big calls are expected from Tauranga City Council over two decisions that will affect the wider community – the Mauao management plan and the preferred location of the city's museum.
The Mauao management plan deliberation are this morning, where the hearings panel comprising Mauao Trust representatives and city councillors, deliberates on submissions on the Mauao historic Reserve Management Plan submissions.
They will be making decision on requests to build facilities on top of the mountain, rule on various recreational activities, and prioritise wildlife and planting management of the historical reserve.
At the City Transformation committee will meet this afternoon to make the recommendation to the city council about the preferred direction for the museum project.
The biggest decision is going to be how to handle Cliff Road, the decision to place a glass-floored museum over a historical site in the middle of the city's historic precinct between The Elms and the pa site at the Mission Cemetery offers a more marketable option for the city.
But it adds to the cost because a new central library will have to be a stand-alone option on Willow Street which will have to be paid for by ratepayers, as a library doesn't attract the external investment that a museum does.
The recommendation to the council will be subject to public feedback early next year in the Long Term Plan submissions process.
Both meetings are public are held in the city council chamber. The Mauao deliberations begin at 9.30am. The City Transformation Committee meeting begins at 1.30pm.