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Council recommends the establishment of new Special Housing Areas

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The Tauranga City Council agreed yesterday to recommend to the Minister of Housing that two Special Housing Areas (SHAs) be established adjacent to previously approved SHAs in the Wairakei urban growth area, at Golden Sands and Palm Springs. Council also agreed to recommend a variation to the existing SHA at Golden Sands, which would increase the building height limit from 9.5m to 17.5m over a small area of the existing SHA.

In 2015 Hawridge Developments Ltd (Palm Springs) and Bluehaven Holdings Limited (Golden Sands) approached Council with these proposals. The proposed developments are expected to provide approximately 350 additional new dwellings, which would be serviced by both existing and new infrastructure.

Council consulted with the neighbouring community on these proposals in January and February of this year. Council received written feedback from 35 parties on the Golden Sands proposal, and 27 parties on the Palm Springs proposal.

The main concerns expressed by residents revolved around the timing on delivery of infrastructure for both Palm Springs and Golden Sands and current congestion on Papamoa Beach Road. The extension of Te Okuroa Drive is scheduled to be completed on time, in 2018. This will provide an alternative to Papamoa Beach Road, along with additional water supply, by the time the new dwellings within these SHAs are constructed and occupied. In addition, a number of improvements along Papamoa Beach Road are scheduled for this and the next financial year.

Another concern raised was the proposed height of 17.5 metres within the Golden Sands development. The proposal is to move this 17.5 metre height limit from the zoned Neighourhood Centre and relocate it adjacent to the future Town Centre (buildings can be built up to 24 metres within the Town Centre). This will provide for a comprehensive residential development in a more appropriate location, without impacting existing residents, as the surrounding area is yet to be developed.

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