Below is an overview of the key milestones for the UFTI programme of work. Reports will be published here as soon as they are released and through our UFTI newsletter.

Final Report released

May 2020

Final Report to be released

The Final Report for UFTI is published for consideration by SmartGrowth partners.

Interim Report released

20 December 2019

Interim Report completed

UFTI’s Interim Report presents four possible land use and transport concepts for the future of the Western Bay of Plenty, with an opportunity for informal feedback. The Interim Report is a key milestone for the UFTI project as we work towards the release of a Final Report – and a preferred future plan for the sub-region – in May 2020.

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Multi Criteria Assessment analysis

UFTI’s Multi Criteria Assessment (MCA) analysis sets out all of the nine programmes we have considered, and the expert analysis of those programmes against investment objectives and other assessment criteria used by the NZ Transport Agency and Treasury.

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Technical Reports published

October 2019 – March 2020

Technical Reports published

A number of key research reports are developed that will form part of the supporting documentation for the UFTI programme.


High Level Spatial Plan

This work helps us identify where housing would be located under different scenarios. We used this work to help build the programmes presented in the Interim Report.

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Regional Freight Flows

The Western Bay of Plenty is a key node in New Zealand’s freight network. This report pulls together existing information to help us understand potential growth in freight movements through the sub-region and what they might mean for the future of the transport system.

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UFTI Constraints Maps

To plan for our future we need to understand the key constraints that might impact on where we can grow. Constraints considered include areas at risk of sea level rise, high quality soils, natural hazards, culturally and ecologically important sites and other factors set out in this report. This work sets out the “go”, “go carefully” and “no go” parts of the region.

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Informing UFTI: A summary of economic information for the Western Bay of Plenty sub-region

In October 2019 UFTI released its first technical report about the Western Bay of Plenty sub-region’s economy and its key drivers.

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Targeted Community Insight report

This technical report summarises the findings from more than 30 community engagement processes completed by the partner councils and the NZ Transport Agency, primarily in the last three years.

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Phase 1 – Eastern Corridor Report

This report, prepared by SmartGrowth, aims to identify whether there is a need for an additional urban growth area in the Eastern Corridor of the western Bay of Plenty. This report also includes a preliminary assessment of the Eastern Corridor as a potential future urban growth area against the objectives of the 2013 SmartGrowth Strategy.

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Draft Foundation Report

August 2019

Draft Foundation Report completed

In August 2019 the UFTI project team achieved its first milestone, completing the Draft Foundation Report. This Foundation Report is our case for change and is an important step in our journey as we look to re-imagine and shape what our sub-region can be in the future.

Download full report (14.9MB)