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Keenan Road urban growth area

Rohe hanga taone ki Keenan Road

Keenan Road Urban Growth Area

Keenan Road is an ideal location to provide more residential housing to cater for the growth we are experiencing in Tauranga.

Building a new community

Tauranga City and the Western Bay of Plenty District have seen a rapid and sustained increase in population, with the sub-region’s population expected to increase and reach between 246,100 and 317,500 people in the next 30 years.

Keenan Road in Pyes Pā, part of what is known as the Western Corridor, is one of the large-scale urban developments proposed to support Tauranga's growth. It’s an ideal location to set up a new community and provide more residential housing. The plan is for an estimated 2,500-3,000 new homes staged over the next 20-30 years.

The planning process

Building the new community at Keenan Road requires changes to the Tauranga City Plan to rezone the land from rural to urban so housing can be developed. The plan change will also outline the rules that will apply to the development and guide consent decisions.

Following the first two stages of public consultation in September 2023 and April 2024, we’re progressing the proposed structure plan for the new Keenan Road community. The structure plan will show us where the key elements of the new community would be located, with geotechnical, stormwater and environmental assessments underway.

The process involves mana whenua, landowner, stakeholder, and community participation (including submissions and hearings).

We are aiming to notify the Keenan Road plan change early 2025 (subject to the outcomes of the various technical studies and feedback on consultation).

The transport network

We are currently investigating the transport infrastructure needed to develop the new Keenan Road community through a business case.

This new community will need walking and cycling infrastructure to connect people within Pyes Pa, the Lakes, Tauriko Business Estate, and future growth areas, as well as public transport provisions to connect the growth area to the city centre and beyond.

The business case will determine connections onto State Highway 36 and investigate a ring route link to State Highway 29 via Kaweroa Drive, crossing the Kopurererua stream.

As part of this we are investigating future improvements for State Highway 29 and 29A proposed by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency as a factor in supporting the new Keenan Road community

Public consultation

Stage one

Our aim is to develop a resilient and connected community. In September 2023, we sought initial community feedback on our investigations in Keenan Road to help us shape the growth area and the transport improvements. Consultation ran from Thursday, 31 August through to Thursday, 28 September, and included drop-in sessions and an online survey. You can read the full engagement report below.

Engagement report - September 2023 (622kb pdf)

Stage two

Following evaluation of stage one feedback, input from partners and stakeholders, and consideration of technical and funding recommendations, we developed a set of options for the community to feedback on to help prepare a preferred plan.  These included options for roading, walking/cycling, housing, reserves, and locations for a local shopping centre.

Next steps

We are now preparing the preferred Keenan Road structure plan and will be asking for community feedback in the final round of consultation expected late 2024.

Key information

Project type
Planning, design and renewal
Transport and movement

Status
Planning

Neighbourhood
Pyes Pa / Tauriko

Key dates

  • Stage one consultation

    September 2023
  • Stage two consultation

    April 2024
  • Transport Business Case finalised

    June 2024
  • Preferred structure plan available for comment

    Late 2024
  • Structure plan completed and plan change ready for notification

    Early 2025

Who's listening

Structure Plan: Phillip Martelli
Tauranga City Council

phillip.martelli@tauranga.govt.nz 
07 577 7000

Business Case: Hamish McGrannachan
Tauranga City Council

hamish.mcgrannachan@tauranga.govt.nz 
07 577 7000

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