Opportunity to have say on Tauriko project

Information days focussing on the ‘Tauriko for Tomorrow’ project will be taking place at the Tauranga Crossing shopping centre. Photo: taurikofortomorrow.co.nz

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Tauranga City Council are preparing for the next round of community consultation and engagement for Tauriko for Tomorrow.

People are invited to visit the Tauriko for Tomorrow pop-up at Tauranga Crossing from Wednesday, May 12 to Sunday, May 16.

Tauriko for Tomorrow is a collaborative project with four key partners, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council and Waka Kotahi.

Waka Kotahi national manager system design Robyn Elston says people will be able to provide feedback on the short and long-term transport options, proposals for the Tauriko West community development and gain a general update on where other parts of the project are at.

“The recent work has focussed on transport plans to support the growing region which improve safety, provide better travel choice and local connections to Tauriko Business Estate and the wider Tauranga network.

“Waka Kotahi and Tauranga City Council are leading this phase for the project, as the change to the urban limits line (Bay of Plenty Regional Council) and local government boundary alteration (Western Bay of Plenty District Council) processes are complete,” says Elston.

Tauranga City Council general manager: strategy and growth Christine Jones says the project team is keen to update people on the plans to create a thriving community for people to live, learn, work and play locally.

“Tauriko West is one of the city’s key urban developments, providing about 3000 to 4000 homes, and is essential to the Connected Centres programme (Urban Form and Transport Initiative) to cater for the growth in the western Bay of Plenty sub-region.

“Ensuring there is access to amenities such as schooling, parks, cycle and walkways, and the Wairoa River; shopping at nearby areas; transport options and infrastructure are critical to the future of Tauranga and the western Bay of Plenty,” says Jones.  

Much of the progress on this multi-layered project has not been visible to the public over the past two years. The next step is to confirm the short and long-term transport system improvements.

The short-term transport improvements are planned for construction in the next two to three years and include a new roundabout at SH29/Redwood Lane, a new intersection with traffic lights on SH29 at Tauriko village, four lanes between Tauriko village and Cambridge Road, and traffic lights at SH29/Cambridge Road intersection.

A new shared path along the north side of SH29, a new connection to Tauranga Crossing via Whiore Avenue for buses, pedestrians, and cyclists, and a shared walking and cycling path along both sides of Whiore Avenue to Taurikura Drive is also planned.

The proposed long-term (10 plus years) improvements for SH29 and SH29A include three options, to either upgrade the existing state highways (online option), a new four-lane corridor alongside the existing state highways (offline option), or a mixture of the two.

“It is as much a priority to increase the attractiveness of public transport and walking, cycling and other active modes through the area, as it is to improve safety and access of the state highways. 

“We want to get the community’s input into the proposed improvements to help us understand if we have missed anything. We realise many people are keen to see these improvements made,” says Elston. 

Feedback is open from Wednesday, May 12, to Friday, June 11 .

From Wednesday, May 12, people can view the proposed improvements and provide feedback online at www.taurikofortomorrow.co.nz if they can’t make it to the Tauriko for Tomorrow pop-up at Tauranga Crossing.

Tauriko for Tomorrow pop-up at Tauranga Crossing
Opposite the Garden Eateries, downstairs
Wednesday, May 12 to Sunday, May 16, between 11am and 4pm

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Tauriko gateway

Posted on 05-05-2021 13:00 | By CliftonGuy

The Port of Tauranga is NZ’s largest. Auckland’s port is facing closure. More more and more commercial traffic will inevitably be going over the Kaimai to feed Hamilton and Auckland. The Karangahape Gorge cannot be widened for practical and ecological reasons. Future planning for Tauriko roading must bear in mind this ongoing traffic burden. A tunnel through the Kaimai is inevitable to handle the commercial traffic. Road planning has got to boldly take this into account and the SH29A Kaimai approaches all the way from the port needs to be progressively improved.

Tom Ranger

Posted on 03-05-2021 17:59 | By Tom Ranger

Don’t stuff it up....again.

All Well & Good ?

Posted on 03-05-2021 14:22 | By local yokel

It all sounds all well and good but how about fixing up the abortion of the two single lanes roading system that the Council caused first when they cut Cameron Road down to 2 lanes from Gate Pa and through Greerton Village to the roundabout at the intersection at Barke’s Corner to get all the traffic flowing freely again by opening up the 4 lanes again. At the moment it’s another accident waiting to happen. In other words fix all the stuff-ups caused by bad traffic management and get the traffic flowing again first.

Needed yesterday

Posted on 03-05-2021 12:14 | By Kancho

Cambridge road and state highway intersection has been crying out to be fixed for years and years. Coming off route K is terrible and getting into shopping centre is mad. Any improvement is overdue. As for more homes etc and boundary change well how about infrastructure to support this ? Still not enough water for this , nor anything as infrastructure wise all struggling. How many billions are needed where is it coming from ? Rate payers are struggling we pay high rates already ....had the government got deep pockets..everyone is clamouring for funds !!

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