WHAT IS THE URBAN FORM AND TRANSPORT INITIATIVE?
The Urban Form and Transport Initiative (UFTI) is a coordinated approach that brings together the different plans and projects from across the western Bay of Plenty and takes us forward as a unified sub-region.
It will deliver an integrated, strategic and shared funding programme which defines the immediate and future priorities and funding opportunities for key social and economic areas, including:
- transportation, and the support of sub-region and regional transport flows
- urban development
On Wednesday 17 April it was announced that a project team had been appointed to lead UFTI.
The project team will be led by Robert Brodnax who has been appointed Project Director. Janeane Joyce has been appointed Project Manager, and Ben Peacey has been appointed Technical Specialist.
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HOW WILL UFTI BENEFIT LOCAL COMMUNITIES?
UFTI will provide the blueprint for identifying common transport and urban development challenges shared by communities and use an integrative and strategic approach to develop sustainable solutions that will transform our communities.
Each community and local council has needs and wants, specific to its individual urban and rural growth strategies.
UFTI will build on the work of previous plans such as the Tauranga Transport Plan, Tauranga Urban Strategy and the Future Development Strategy and add modelling and a sub-regional focus to attract investment and support from central Government.
This will begin with a 12-month programme of work to identify and address key issues regarding:
- land availability and urban development
- integration of emerging technology
- multimodal transport and transport network capacity