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.

1 July 2020

UFTI Final Report released

UFTI Final Report completed

The UFTI Final Report outlines an optimal future land use and transport programme for the western Bay of Plenty sub-region. The ‘Connected Centres’ programme will be included in the SmartGrowth Joint Spatial Plan which will undergo public consultation by SmartGrowth and its partner councils in the first quarter of 2021.

Final report is available here (32MB).

October 2019 – July 2020

Technical Reports published

As part of the UFTI process, a number of key research reports were developed and form part of the supporting documentation for the UFTI programme.

UFTI Peer Review

As part of the Final Report’s completion, the UFTI project team commissioned Dave Brash, a highly respected independent consultant with considerable central government investment and executive leadership experience, to complete an independent peer review of the UFTI Final Report against criteria set by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

Western Bay of Plenty Strategic Transport Journeys

This report specifically relates to the transport journey strategic functions required to deliver the urban form and transport spatial intent outlined in the Final Report’s optimal programme.

Planning Assessment of the UFTI Programmes Shortlist

Provides a detailed assessment of the four possible scenarios outlined in the Interim Report and outlines the elements that the UFTI partners agreed should be incorporated into the optimal programme.

UFTI Implementation Principles

These principles focus on elements of urban design and urban planning that the UFTI project team believes are critically important to achieve the benefits of the optimal programme.

Transport Modelling

This report documents the transport modelling that has been completed to support the development of the UFTI Final Report.

Economic Case

Provides an assessment of the relative costs and benefits of the different components of each transport programme and helps us understand the potential benefits per dollar invested for each option.

Financial Case

This report looks at options for funding implementation and examines the advantages and disadvantages of the different funding options available to the partners.

Tools for increasing social and affordable housing

This report identifies strategies that would help meet current and future needs for right-sized social and affordable housing in Tauranga and the Western Bay.

Metro Passenger Service Opportunities

A high-level feasibility assessment of a metro rail service for the Western Bay of Plenty under different scenarios.

Tangata Whenua Perspectives on Growth Management

A summary of what existing iwi and hapū management plans have told us in the past about tangata whenua perspectives on urban form and transport.

Mā te Whiritahi, Cultural Overlay

A path forward for developing an iwi spatial plan that would bring SmartGrowth’s partnership with tangata whenua to life.

Mode Shift Scenarios Report

Builds on the extensive work completed to date and identifies the opportunities for making a significant shift in transport mode share over the next 10, 20, and 30 years.

Comparative Cities Phase 1 and 2 Reports

These two reports draw insights from other cities who have experienced similar growth cycles to what our sub-region has seen in recent years.

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.

Regional Freight Flows

This report pulls together existing information to help us understand potential growth in freight movements through the western Bay of Plenty sub-region and what they might mean for the future of the transport system.

UFTI Constraints Maps

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.

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.

Targeted Community Insight report

This technical report summarises the findings from more than 30 community engagement processes completed by the partner councils and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

Phase 1 – Eastern Corridor Report

This SmartGrowth report identify whether there is a need for an additional urban growth area in the Eastern Corridor of the western Bay of Plenty and includes a preliminary assessment against the objectives of the 2013 SmartGrowth Strategy.

20 December 2019

Interim Report completed

Interim Report

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.

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 Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Treasury.

August 2019

Draft Foundation Report completed

Draft Foundation Report

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.