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Future Development Strategy

We're writing a Future Development Strategy (FDS) that will set out where we can build to allow for housing and business growth in Tairāwhiti.

The FDS is a 30-year plan that builds off the Tairāwhiti 2050 Spatial Plan.

Why the Future Development Strategy is important

Tairāwhiti has a housing crisis and the FDS is one of the tools to solve it.

Working alongside Barker & Associates, who have a proven track record in urban development planning, we plan to have the strategy completed by the end of the year.

The FDS will be informed by the Tairāwhiti Spatial Plan 2050, and a recently completed Housing Business Assessment (HBA) that projects Tairāwhiti will need nearly 30% more houses over the next 30 years – that’s around 5,000 new homes.  On the flip side, the assessment indicates there is sufficient business land available.

Our housing crisis

Almost half of Tairāwhiti’s population doesn’t earn enough money to buy or rent a house.  This will get worse unless we do something about it.  One solution is allowing housing intensification to occur in the right places and in the right way.  Redeveloping existing urban areas and building smaller but high-quality dwellings, can bring housing costs down and help create connected communities.

To make up the existing shortfall and provide for the increased demand, we need to identify more land suitable for housing (known as future growth areas) and allow for housing intensification in the city centre and surrounding areas.

Community Focus

There will be pressure for different types of houses, affordability issues to be addressed, adaptation to climate change and for  actions to be taken to reduce impacts on the natural environment.  While the strategy covers all building, there is particular focus on helping communities affected by the housing shortage.

The FDS will consider what opportunities and constraints will impact where we build.

Growth Site Nominations

This engagement is now closed.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the engagement - please feel free to email us on trmp@gdc.govt.nz if you have any other comments or questions.

The nominated areas will not necessarily be included in the FDS as a growth area as there a very comprehensive process to determine the most appropriate location for development.


  • March 2022 – Growth site nominations open to the public
  • March to July 2022 - Workshops with iwi, our community and Councillors to receive feedback on potential growth sites.  These will be primarily online webinars and virtual open-doors sessions
  • June to August 2022 – Workshop with Councillors on spatial scenarios and potential growth sites
  • February 2023 – Full public consultation on draft of FDS

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